Saunders going to trial on forcible confinement charge
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.