Gunville, Pinder court matters adjourned until later this month

There were brief court appearances Tuesday for two prominent local cases before the North Battleford Provincial Court.

One involved the charges of Johnathan Gunville in connection to the recent Amber Alert incident on Sept. 16 in North Battleford. Gunville appeared Tuesday by closed-circuit TV on counts of abduction of a person under 14, kidnapping, unlawful abandonment of a child, stealing a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public, among others.

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The Tuesday court date was Gunville’s third court appearance and was scheduled for a show cause hearing, but that did not happen Tuesday.

Instead, Judge Kim Young has accepted a joint request from counsel for an adjournment to Oct. 19, when Gunville will appear again by CCTV. The indication from defence lawyer Bill Archer is pleas could likely be entered at that time.

Gunville remains in custody.

The other court appearance of note involves Tristan Pinder, who appeared by CCTV. He faces attempted murder and numerous other charges in connection to a shooting incident with police near Highway 16 in April. A return date of Oct. 29 has been set for Pinder to appear again by CCTV.

Pinder remains in custody. The case against his co-accused, Verena Petruka, is also still before the courts.

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