December 12, 2013 - 10:48 AM
VERNON - Sentencing for the Regional District of North Okanagan has been delayed a second time.
Provincial Court Judge Mayland McKimm was expected to deliver his decision this morning—two months after the original sentencing hearing was put over—but the lawyers requested an adjournment. Crown counsel Joel Gold is tied up with a murder trial in Kamloops, and was unable to attend Vernon court today. McKimm approved the request to reschedule the sentence hearing, and a new date is expected to be set Dec. 18.
McKimm adjourned an October 16 sentence hearing because he was “seeing red” over comments made by a regional district official the day after he pronounced them guilty on four counts of water contamination in connection with a 2010 incident at Antwerp Springs. McKimm said the official, believed to be regional district chair Patrick Nicol, exhibited a “contemptuous attitude toward the findings of the court” in a radio interview. Before sentencing, McKimm said he needed time to consider the “troublesome” statements.
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