New plan needed

Man ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault agrees to re­main in cus­tody for now

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY GARY KEAN THE WESTERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

Melvin Laing is go­ing to have to spend close to two more months in jail.

The 58-year-old Ir­ish­town-Sum­mer­side man is charged with drugging, un­law­fully con­fin­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a girl un­der the age of 14.

He was re­leased from cus­tody fol­low­ing a men­tal health as­sess­ment in early July, but was taken back into cus­tody when the two sureties who were to guar­an­tee he fol­lowed the con­di­tions of his re­lease backed out of the re­lease plan. Laing was back in pro­vin­cial court Wed­nes­day. The court was told Laing had agreed to re­main in cus­tody un­til a new re­lease plan could be worked out be­tween the Crown and de­fence.

The case will be called again Sept. 15.

STAR FILE PHOTO

Melvin Laing is shown here in this Western Star file photo.

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