Court notebook for Jan. 9

Austin M.
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Resolution in sight for two cases

Though Wednesday was a busy day in Moose Jaw Provincial Court, there were only a couple of sentences delivered by Judge James Benison.

One of the three male youths accused of a Boxing Day assault has been remanded since his arrest. He appeared in court Wednesday to face those charges and other outstanding charges.

The youth will be remanded in custody until Feb. 6, when he is expected to plead guilty to a reduced amount of charges.

The three teenagers, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faced an original total of 16 charges relating to the Dec. 26 incident. Those charges included multiple counts of assault, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon and several breaches of court order charges.

Moose Jaw police, in a release, said officers responded to a complaint at a residence where people were allegedly assaulted with bear spray. A machete was also involved, but not used. There were no serious injuries.

After a short foot chase, the suspects were apprehended by police.

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A sentencing date is almost set for 23-year-old Daniel James Smith who was originally charged with attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to remain at the scene and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Smith was charged after an August 2012 hit and run at the intersection of Fifth Avenue Northwest and Hall Street West.

Smith’s vehicle struck a male pedestrian and his dog. The victim was treated and released from Union Hospital with minor injuries and the dog’s fractured leg was left to heal.

Smith underwent a 30-day mental health assessment in North Battleford, shortly after his arrest.

On Feb. 11, Smith’s sentencing date will be set. It’s expected to take place before April.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Fifth Avenue Northwest, North Battleford

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