Man con­victed of at­tack loses bid for mis­trial

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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