Man convicted of attack loses bid for mistrial
EDMONTON — An Alberta man convicted of sexually assaulting an Indigenous woman who was jailed to ensure her testimony has lost a bid for a mistrial.
Lance Blanchard was found guilty in December of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, possession of a weapon and making a death threat in the 2014 attack. The victim, a 28-yearold homeless woman, died in 2015 in an unrelated shooting.
The mistrial application focused on new evidence from an Edmonton Remand Centre inmate who said the woman was a hard drug addict who made a living robbing people. In his ruling dismissing the application, Justice Eric Macklin of Court of Queen’s Bench says the new evidence was fabricated and has no credibility.