March 17, 2015 - 2:53 PM
KAMLOOPS – The trial for a local man accused of possessing child pornography was adjourned until further notice Tuesday afternoon in Kamloops Supreme Court.
Jerry Waselenkoff, a retired teacher, was charged with one count of possessing child pornography in 2012 after RCMP officers seized several compact disks containing sexually explicit images in the floor joist under his McGill apartment.
Supreme Court Justice Ian Meiklem adjourned the trial at the request of Waselenkoff’s lawyer, Glen Orris, who asked for more time to review Crown’s evidence.
“There are some matters that are to my advantage,” Orris said. “In good conscience I cannot proceed. That’s the position I’m in unfortunately.”
No arguments took place Tuesday morning after both lawyers requested extra time to review a statement the accused provided to police.
Orris indicated he plans to challenge the voluntariness of his client’s statement by way of a voir dire hearing.
A voir dire is a trial within a trial to determine admissibility of evidence.
Waselenkoff’s trial began yesterday, March 16, and was scheduled to take four days. The trial is expected to resume May 11.
-This story was edited at 3:14 p.m. on March 17 to include the date when the trial will resume.
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