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Sentencing hearing adjourned to November


Sentencing will have to wait for a Manitoba couple charged with sexual assault and making child pornography.
A sentencing hearing in Dauphin Court of Queen’s Bench for the pair was adjourned before defense council made its submission, July 23.
After a lunch break, council for both accused requested pre-sentence reports (PSR) be ordered before sentencing.
The male accused, 41, and the female accused, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and two counts of making child pornography, which is one count for each of the victims.
The offences occurred in the Parkland, between Sept. 4, 2011 and Aug. 7, 2014.
Both of the accused were arrested and charged, Aug. 14, 2014.
Crown attorney Jay Funke pointed out this was not the first time the issue of a PSR could have been raised, adding the Crown has concerns with any delay the request may cause.
While the Crown did not object to a PSR being ordered and the matter being adjourned for that purpose, Funke noted, it is highly unusual for it to occur after the Crown’s submission.
He also reserved the Crown’s right to make a presentation after defense council’s submission.
Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sandra Zinchuk agreed, adding the author of the PSR must be made aware of the timing of when the reports were requested.
The request was granted and a sentencing hearing was set for Nov. 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Dauphin.
The male remains in custody, while the female had been released on bail.
A ban on reporting the names of the accused or where in the Parkland the offence occurred has been issued, in order to protect the identities of the victims.

M. A. Nyquist