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