Monday, November 15, 2021
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Several court applications denied for David and Collet Stephan

- Advertisement -

David and Collet Stephan presented three applications in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday (May 31), all of which were denied.

The couple was granted a new trial by the Supreme Court of Canada last year, following the successful appeal of their failing to provide the necessaries of life convictions. The Stephan’s will be representing themselves, stating previously that they have been denied by Legal Aid and cannot afford a lawyer on their own.

The original trial in 2016 heard that the Stephan’s toddler son Ezekial died from bacterial meningitis after being treated with natural remedies, rather than being taken to see a doctor.

The first application on Friday (May 31) was to have a different judge hear the applications, with David saying that Justice John Rook holds a biased view of the Stephan’s personal beliefs and that he was not thorough in reviewing previous disclosure. Justice Rook noted that he denied the application because there was no proper basis or evidence of bias presented, and his disagreement with the Stephan’s interpretation of the law does not mean he is biased against them.

- Advertisement -   Article continues below ad

Collet argued in the second application that the new trial, which begins Monday morning (June 3), should be adjourned for six months in order for her to retain counsel. While she stated that she feels unprepared to proceed with the new trial on her own and David’s father has now offered to pay for her lawyer, Justice Rook again denied the application, noting that Collet is intelligent, she should have been more diligent in seeking Legal Aid or other funding and believes it will still be a fair trial without her having legal counsel.

The Stephan’s then asked for a stay of proceedings in the final application, arguing that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has told them several times that they do not have a set of records from when Ezekial was in their medical care. While Justice Rook agreed that it does appear that some information is missing from the Stephan’s disclosure, he also noted that it does not appear that it is intentionally abuse by AHS, and therefore denied the stay.

The Stephan’s judge alone re-trial is scheduled to take place over the next month in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench.

- Advertisement -
Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge News

Christmas Hope 2021 aiming to help 1600 Lethbridge households

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Half a dozen agencies across Lethbridge are joining forces to make sure the city's less fortunate have everything they need this...

UCP constituency associations force early leadership review

EDMONTON, AB - Premier Jason Kenney will be undergoing a leadership review within the next three months now that 22 of his party's constituency...

Wind WARNING for southwest Alberta

LETHBRIDGE, AB - A wind warning has been issued for southwest Alberta. The warning covers an area concerning Lethbridge, Taber, Milk River, Cardston, Magrath, Waterton,...

2021 Angel Tree Christmas Campaign launches in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, AB -The 29th annual Angel Tree Christmas Campaign has officially kicked off. It's put on every year by Lethbridge Family Services and a lot...

Transit, off-leash dog parks on agenda as new Lethbridge City Council meets Monday

LETHBRIDGE, AB - The newly-elected Lethbridge City Council finally holds its first regular meeting Monday, Nov. 15 with Blaine Hyggen in the mayor's chair. Councillors...
- Advertisement -