Lawyer for Cavendish woman charged in drug case needs to discuss facts of co-accused’s sentencing
The lawyer representing a Cavendish woman charged for conspiring to traffic a prescription painkiller wants to chat with the Crown prosecutor about the recent sentencing of the co-accused.
In particular, defence lawyer Michelle Elliott wants to delve into the agreed statement of facts that were read in Harbour Grace Provincial Court the previous week prior to the sentencing of Lewis Sooley.
Sooley and Emily Marie Williams faced identical charges of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and counselling an indictable offence, with Sooley facing two counts of the latter charge. The two were charged in January of this year.
The 24-year-old Sooley was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 17 to two years and one day in prison. The agreed statement of facts delved into the 39-year-old Williams’ alleged involvement in the case. She is the daughter of the victim, according to what was stated in the facts for Sooley’s case.
Elliott, who appeared in Harbour Grace Provincial Court last Wednesday by phone, said she could either elect and schedule a trial, knowing her client could still change those pleas at a later date, or have the case set over to give the lawyer time to chat with the prosecutor. John Brooks, appearing on behalf of the Crown, agreed to the latter arrangement.
Williams’ matter returns to court Oct. 4.