Crown calls no ev­i­dence in as­sault case in­volv­ing hockey coach

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - DIANE CROCKER

COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — An as­sault charge filed against mi­nor hockey coach Jamie Brake was dis­missed in Cor­ner Brook pro­vin­cial court Oct. 2.

Brake, 43, was not in the court when the mat­ter was called.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge dur­ing a pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance in June and his trial had been set for Nov. 25. Crown at­tor­ney Trina Simms said the mat­ter was brought for­ward be­cause the Crown would not be call­ing any ev­i­dence in the case.

She said in re­view­ing the wit­ness state­ments and speak­ing with the al­leged vic­tim, there was no like­li­hood of a con­vic­tion.

That left Brake’s coun­sel to put for­ward a mo­tion for dis­missal which Judge Kari Ann Pike granted.

Af­ter the ap­pear­ance, Simms said the Crown’s of­fice con­ducts a crit­i­cal re­view of every file to de­ter­mine if it could lead to a con­vic­tion.

Brake, who is also the mayor of Mead­ows, was charged in April fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary.

It had been al­leged he was one of two men in­volved in an al­ter­ca­tion in the park­ing lot of Cor­ner Brook Civic Cen­tre on March 5.

At the time, Brake had been the coach of the Cor­ner Brook Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s Cor­ner Brook Roy­als ban­tam all-star team. He was sus­pended by the as­so­ci­a­tion pend­ing the out­come of the case.

FILE/THE WESTERN STAR

Jamie Brake.

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