New pros­e­cu­tor takes over Strim­bold case

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Ci­ti­zen staff

A new spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor has been as­signed to the Luke Strim­bold case.

Richard Peck, a se­nior Van­cou­ver lawyer in pri­vate prac­tice, will take over the job, the B.C. Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice said to­day.

He will re­place Leonard Doust, who has with­drawn for per­sonal rea­sons, BCPS said.

Doust, also from Van­cou­ver, took over the case in March be­cause Strim­bold was a for­mer mayor and had con­nec­tions to the B.C. Lib­eral Party.

Strim­bold faces 29 sex-re­lated charges in­volv­ing six peo­ple all un­der the age of 16 at the time of the al­leged in­ci­dents. None of the al­le­ga­tions has been proven against Strim­bold.

The BCPS said the mat­ter has been ad­journed to al­low Peck to com­plete an in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of the cur­rent charges.

“We can­not spec­u­late on the time it will take to com­plete the in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment or whether the process will be de­layed any fur­ther,” BCPS com­mu­ni­ca­tions coun­sel Daniel McLaughlin said.

Strim­bold re­mains sched­uled to ap­pear in Smithers Supreme Court on Dec. 21 to fix a date for trial.

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