Bail conditions relaxed for Summerland man accused in beating of Penticton doctor
By Steve Arstad
FILE PHOTO - Gregory Nield is led out of Penticton courthouse in December, 2015 after being charged with aggravated assault in the beating of a Penticton doctor on Dec. 5, 2016, Nield was in court today, Nov. 7, 2016, seeking modification of bail terms.
(STEVE ARSTAD / iNFOnews.ca)
November 07, 2016 - 1:37 PM
PENTICTON - A Summerland man accused in the beating of a Penticton doctor received modified bail terms following an appearance in court today.
Gregory Stanley Nield, 32, is accused in the Dec. 5, 2015 assault of a Penticton psychologist in the hospital’s psychiatric ward.
The doctor was left unconscious with severe facial injuries following the attack.
Nield appeared in Penticton Supreme Court today, Nov. 7, along with his new defence lawyer, Stanley Tessmer to seek an amendment of bail conditions related to his curfew to allow him to work in the community. For 20 months, Nield has been on strict bail conditions while he is also monitored closely by family members. He was also released on a $50,000 surety.
Crown Prosecutor John Swanson opposed the variation but Justice Dev Dley agreed to modify Nield’s curfew condition to allow him to leave his residence to work.
All other conditions of his bail will remain in place.
Nield’s trial was originally scheduled to begin this month, but after requesting a new lawyer earlier this year, the trial was rescheduled for March 20, 2017.
Tessmer stated he will also be seeking an application to enforce his client's charter rights to a jury trial at a later date.
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