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Former Corner Brook resident Herbert Penney-Flynn committed to stand trial after foregoing right to preliminary inquiry

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Former Corner Brook resident Herbert Penney-Flynn has waived his right to a preliminary inquiry into the alleged sex offences he’s been charged with.

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The 73-year-old, who now lives in Toronto, was slated to have the inquiry — which would determine if he should be ordered to stand trial — heard at provincial court in Corner Brook Friday.

However, his lawyer, Shelley Senior, indicated the defence was not going to pursue the preliminary inquiry, thereby committing Penney-Flynn to stand trial.

He will now be arraigned in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, where Penney-Flynn has elected to be tried by judge alone, in the new year.

He is charged with six offences: sexual assault; indecent assault on a male; buggery; gross indecency; administering, or causing to be administered, a noxious thing; and administering, or causing to be administered, a stupefying or overpowering drug.

Five of the charges are in relation to one male victim and are alleged to have occurred in 1982.

The other charge involves a second male and is alleged to have occurred in 1988.

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