A person charged with sexual assault and forcible confinment with a weapon pressured a number of adjournments all through the penultimate day of his trial.
Joseph Yaremko‘s trial was alleged to restart at 9:30 on the morning of Sept. 30.
As a substitute, Yaremko had a few requests which delayed the trial many of the day.
His lawyer, Meagan Bortis, advised court docket Yaremko was requesting a set of garments and an opportunity to shave earlier than coming into court docket on the morning of Sept. 30.
He was refusing to take a seat within the courtroom out of protest.
Yaremko was charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement with a weapon in June 2019 following an incident at a Stonebridge house advanced.
Senior Crown prosecutor Evan Thompson stated the garments Yaremko was aspiring to put on had been confiscated after employees at Saskatoon Correctional Centre (SCC) discovered traces of heroin on a bit of clothes.
These garments had been delivered to the SCC by one among his members of the family.
Justice Naheed Bardai adjourned court docket for a number of hours to attempt to accommodate the requests.
“That is his trial. He must be right here for it,” Bardai advised each legal professionals earlier than a three-hour break between 11 a.m. and a couple of p.m.
The decide famous why Yaremko would need a change of garments and an opportunity to shave however added that his determination can be made primarily based on admissible proof and never the looks of witnesses and the accused.
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After 2 p.m., Bortis was advised by SCC that any request for extra clothes for Yaremko can be denied.
Sheriffs at Saskatoon’s Court docket of Queen’s Bench suggested Justice Bardai that the cells within the courthouse didn’t have the amenities, like a mirror, which might permit Yaremko to shave.
Neither request was in a position to be accomplished by 2 p.m., and Yaremko was introduced into court docket by three sheriffs.
He sat within the prisoner’s field quietly for essentially the most half, however the sheriffs left his handcuffs on once they had taken them off when he usually sat within the courtroom.
The Crown deliberate to wrap its case Thursday, however that has been pushed again.
The prosecution might want to convey again its last witness, Saskatoon Police Service Constable Adam Shoffner, after Yaremko didn’t conform to one thing which his personal lawyer, and the prosecutor had each agreed to.
This isn’t the primary delay this trial has been by means of.
On Sept. 28, court docket adjourned early after Yaremko introduced up that he didn’t have entry to medicine he was taking and that it was misplaced or misplaced by corrections employees.
He was taking one to manage his blood strain and one other to manage his nerves after he contracted COVID-19 whereas in remand.
The medicine needed to be despatched from Regina later that afternoon.
The trial is scheduled to conclude Oct. 1.
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