Peace bond im­passe

Sher­iff’s of­fi­cers un­able to find Cort­ney Lake’s ex-boyfriend Philip Steve Smith to serve doc­u­ments on him

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY TARA BRAD­BURY THE TELEGRAM ST. JOHN’S, NL

Cort­ney Lake’s fam­ily mem­bers ar­rived early at pro­vin­cial court Tues­day, Oct. 17 and chose a seat in the front row of the court­room to await the start of pro­ceed­ings.

Pinned to her mother and grand­mother’s coats at the heart were but­tons, one with a red rib­bon, bear­ing the miss­ing woman’s photo.

For the sec­ond time, they left the court­room with­out see­ing any progress, ei­ther in their favour or against it.

Lisa Lake, Cort­ney’s mother, has been try­ing to get a peace bond against Philip Steven Smith, Cort­ney’s ex-boyfriend, since last month.

Like last time, Smith was a no-show for the peace bond hear­ing, since sher­iff’s of­fi­cers have been un­able to lo­cate him to serve him with a no­tice to ap­pear.

Sher­iff’s of­fi­cers aren’t tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing to find a per­son in or­der to serve them, but to use the con­tact in­for­ma­tion pro­vided on the court doc­u­ments.

Smith, 25, was ar­rested June 5 and charged with a num­ber of of­fences in­volv­ing Cort­ney, in­clud­ing breach­ing a court or­der to not con­tact her or her mother, as well as charges of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ing to stop for po­lice.

He pleaded guilty two days later and was re­leased on con­di­tions — one of them was his agree­ment to not con­tact Cort­ney or Lisa again.

Hours later, Smith picked up Cort­ney in his pickup on Mich­ener Av­enue in Mount Pearl, a mo­ment that was caught on dash cam by an­other driver. It was the last time the 24-yearold mother of one was ever seen.

Po­lice say they have rea­son to be­lieve she has been mur­dered.

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