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Western Newfoundland lawyer pleads guilty to assault

Other charges, including sex offence, to be conditionally withdrawn

A west coast lawyer is pleading guilty to a count of assault and one of breach of a recognizance but is having a number of other charges against him, including one of sexual assault, conditionally withdrawn.

Those charges are planned to be withdrawn upon the acceptance of facts when he appears in provincial court Wednesday.

The charges stem from incidents in late June of this year.

The man was first arrested on June 17 and released on bail June 19, but was later taken back into custody when he allegedly made contact with two people he was forbidden from communicating with, including the female victim.

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The allegations were that he sent the two people electronic messages later on the same day he had been released.

Judge William English of St. John’s, appearing via videoconference Monday, read the charges to the record and accepted the pleas. Crown Prosecutor Iain Hollett, who was in Stephenville provincial court, agreed to the charges.

English set a time of Wednesday at 10 a.m. for the next court proceedings on the case.

The complainant is expected to read a victim impact statement but it isn't known if that would be in St. John’s or Stephenville.

A publication ban requested by the Crown as a measure to protect the identity of the complainant prevents the man from being identified.

In addition to the sexual assault charge, some of the other charges to be withdrawn include: uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, criminal harassment by repeatedly communicating with the person, failure to notify registrar of change of address and a count of failure to comply with condition of an undertaking or recognizance.

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