Judge recommends his client get another opinion first
The lawyer for a man accused of sexually assaulting his siblings wants off the case.
In Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Tuesday, defence attorney John Kelly told Justice William Goodridge that he has filed an application to withdraw from the case.
Kelly had represented the man who, on Monday, had pleaded guilty to charges that include sexual assault, sexual interference and uttering threats.
However, after reviewing the facts of the case, the man did not agree to accept them and the case came to a sudden halt.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, Goodridge suggested the man seek independent legal advice from another lawyer first. A decision can then be made on whether or not Kelly will continue to represent him.
Once the issue with his legal representation is ironed out, a determination can then be made what the next step in the case will be.
The case returns to court Feb. 27.
The 28-year-old — who is not being named in order to protect the identity of the complainants — reported repeatedly molested his two half-brothers and his half-sister between 2001 and 2011. One of the children was five years old when the reported abuse began. The others were seven.