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|Prosecutor(s):||Michael Fox, Bob Matthews|
Thursday, Sep 10, 2009
Alleged: William Bennett
Questions abound over what exactly is in the report of an expert witness, which appears to be vital to the case of a Deer Lake man charged with causing unnecessary pain to an animal.
Defence lawyer, Jim Goudie, appeared in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday morning on behalf of William Bennett, 46. Bennett is charged under Section 446 (1) of the Criminal Code, addressing the willful neglect of animals.
Goudie, who previously entered a not guilty plea for his client, told Judge Kymil Howe there are issues with disclosure pertaining to an expert witness report. Crown attorney Bob Matthews said he didn’t have the report in court.
Goudie, who isn’t willing to set a date for a trial until he receives the disclosure, also told the court he has had discussions with Crown attorney Michael Fox pertaining to the possibility of not proceeding with the charge until this particular report is reviewed. Fox wasn’t in court Tuesday.
The matter was set over until April 13 for a status update.
As reported by The Western Star in September, a young dog was found with the nylon rope it had been tethered with grown into its neck. The animal was turned over to the Bay of Islands SPCA.
A conviction for such an offence could range from a combination of a fine of no more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment of no more than six months to a prison term not exceeding two years.
- The Western Star - March 9, 2010
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