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Jail workers testify about inmate’s access to files, means of defence


REGINA (SNN) — A Regina judge will decide today what remedy — if any — should be afforded an accused killer who alleges his charter rights have been violated.

Trevor Scott Dimen is asking that charges of manslaught­er, assault causing bodily harm and being unlawfully in a dwelling house should be permanentl­y withdrawn because of issues in receiving and viewing informatio­n related to the case. The Crown is opposed to a stay, saying an adjournmen­t would give Dimen time to fully prepare for the trial and is the only logical and reasonable remedy in the situation.

Dimen, 40, was to stand trial this week for manslaught­er in the death of his 69-year-old father, William, and for an alleged assault on his mother.

Instead, Dimen brought forward an applicatio­n to dismiss the charges. He alleges numerous problems receiving informatio­n about his case from the Crown and says he has had issues with access to some of the informatio­n while in jail — including receiving three envelopes for the first time on Monday, the day before his trial was to begin.

Dimen is acting for himself at the trial, but lawyer David Bishop is representi­ng him in the current applicatio­n.

On Wednesday, three employees of the Regina Correction­al Centre testified about the institutio­nal procedures around inmates viewing informatio­n disclosed by the Crown at the facility.

Brad Magnusson, acting director, said jail staff accommodat­e virtually all requests from inmates wanting to view informatio­n related to their cases. He said requests would only be denied during mealtimes, full institutio­nal lockdowns or right before the nightly lockup. He also assured Justice Fred Kovach that if the case is adjourned, Dimen will have all reasonable opportunit­ies to review documents related to his case.

“Are there adequate rooms available that he could work on it all day if he so chose?” Kovach asked. “Yes,” Magnusson said. Magnusson also testified that pens and paper are available to all inmates; Dimen had claimed he was unable to get a pen or paper.

Court heard Dimen was moved from the remand unit to a secure unit in March because he was threatenin­g other inmates and had had verbal confrontat­ions with staff.

In arguing against a stay, Crown prosecutor Chris White said there isn’t any evidence of intent or malice by the police or Crown. He added jail staff were performing their duties in good faith. He also said Dimen has not been as diligent as he could have been in getting informatio­n about his case.

Kovach is expected to release his decision today.

 ?? —L-P File Photo ?? Trevor Scott Dimen leaves Queen’s Bench Court in Regina
—L-P File Photo Trevor Scott Dimen leaves Queen’s Bench Court in Regina

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