Saun­ders go­ing to trial on forcible con­fine­ment charge

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COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — Steven Saun­ders will go to trial in Septem­ber on charges of forcibly con­fin­ing and assaulting a woman that are al­leged to have oc­curred be­tween Dec. 3, 2018, and Jan. 2.

The woman, Kayana Quigley, is Saun­ders’ co-ac­cused on a num­ber of drug charges that were laid in Novem­ber 2018 after the Deer Lake Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a res­i­dence on Xavier Lane in Deer Lake. Both Saun­ders and Quigley are from the town.

Po­lice found a quan­tity of co­caine, pre­scrip­tion pills, drug para­pher­na­lia and small amount of cash dur­ing the search. The pre­scrip­tion pills in­cluded pethi­dine, methylphen­idate and buprenor­phine.

Saun­ders and Quigley are jointly charged with three counts of pos­sess­ing a con­trolled drug or sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

A fourth charge of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing was amended in provin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook on Tues­day to a charge of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug or sub­stance.

Nei­ther of the ac­cused were present when the charges were called.

Gary Kear­ney, coun­sel for Saun­ders, who also acted as agent for Quigley’s lawyer, Jodi Mac­Don­ald, re­quested the drug charges be set over to al­low some is­sues with dis­clo­sure to be re­solved.

The drug charges will be called again on Aug. 20.

Saun­ders is charged on a sep­a­rate in­for­ma­tion with the forcible con­fine­ment, two counts of as­sault and two counts of ut­ter­ing threats to dam­age or de­stroy prop­erty. Kear­ney en­tered not guilty pleas to those charges and a one-day trial was set for Sept. 6.

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