Derailed trial - for man facing weapons offences - after witnesses don't show will be rescheduled

A trial that was derailed after witnesses didn’t show up in court to testify against a Meadow Lake man will be rescheduled.

During a court appearance July 27, Cory Bouvier, 30, was ordered to reappear in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Aug. 4 to speak to the matter. 

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The trial was initially supposed to go ahead on July 16 and the Crown and defence were prepared but two prosecution witnesses – including a key witness - didn’t show. Bouvier had appeared in person as a prisoner.

Crown prosecutor Andrew Clements asked the court for an adjournment to give him time to deal with the witnesses not showing up. He also asked the judge to subpoena the witnesses and issue a warrant for the arrest one of the witnesses. Defence lawyer Evan Strelioff opposed the trial adjournment. Judge Janet McIvor granted the Crown’s requests for the adjournment and warrant.

If a witness fails to appear in court to testify an arrest warrant can be issued. And if a witness refuses to testify in court he/she can be found to be in contempt of court and put in prison for up to 90 days and fined $100.

After the witnesses didn’t show, Bouvier had appearances in Prince Albert Provincial Court and Meadow Lake Provincial Court on July 21 and July 27 respectively.

Bouvier has been trying to get released on bail but remains in custody since his arrest in April.

According to Meadow Lake RCMP, the RCMP Saskatchewan Emergency Response Team arrested Bouvier in Meadow Lake on April 19 after police received reports of threats with the use of firearms. When the call came in the ERT was already in Meadow Lake to arrest a man at another residence on the 500 block of 6 Avenue West where there were reports of threats with the use of firearms. At that house the ERT arrested Cassidy Dillon Regan, 29.

While the ERT was busy arresting Regan at the first house, Meadow Lake RCMP cordoned off the second house on the 200 block of 2nd Street West where Cory Bouvier allegedly was until the ERT could arrive. At this house police found a woman with a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle, a collapsible baton and several knives. Police arrested Cory Bouvier and Monica Bouvier, 24. Monica Bouvier is charged with several weapons offences as well as robbery, mischief and obstruction of a peace officer.

Police haven’t said whether the incidents only hours apart at the two separate homes are connected.

Regan was charged with firearms-related offences, uttering threats, robbery and breach of probation. Regan was released after a bail hearing on July 6.

Regan had also had an appearance in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on July 27 and the matter was adjourned to Sept. 8 for election.

Monica Bouvier was released on bail in April. She had an appearance in Meadow Lake Provincial Court July 27 and the matter was adjourned until Sept. 6 for election.

Cory Bouvier remains in custody and reappears in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on Aug. 4. His rescheduled trial date is yet to be determined.

 

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