Woman pleads not guilty

The Compass - - News - chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A Cavendish woman ac­cused of con­spir­ing to sell her mother’s can­cer med­i­ca­tion has pleaded not guilty.

Emily Marie Wil­liams is fac­ing charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence, and coun­selling an in­dictable of­fence.

Wil­liams’ mat­ter was sched­uled for elec­tion or plea on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, Mar. 7, where it was stated that Wil­liams and her lawyer were pre­pared to pro­ceed with not guilty pleas. Her full-day trial is now sched­uled for July 31 at 10 a.m. in Har­bour Grace.

The 39-year-old was al­legedly part of a two-per­son op­er­a­tion in Cavendish, along­side Lewis Soo­ley, who served as a mid­dle­man to con­nect Wil­liams with an­other per­son to sell hy­dro­mor­phone – the drug used by Wil­liams’ mother. Soo­ley plead guilty to sim­i­lar charges and was sen­tenced to just over two years in jail in Au­gust of 2017.

Al­le­ga­tions against Wil­liams have not been proven in court, though the facts pre­sented in Soo­ley’s case went into great de­tail about her al­leged role in the mat­ter.

The sell­ing of hy­dro­mor­phone al­legedly took place through­out the ma­jor­ity of 2016, with charges ini­tially laid against Wil­liams and Soo­ley in Jan­uary of 2017.

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