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Lawyer punts date for Schoenherr sex assault trial

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 | 11:19 am

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By Joe Fries

What had been a speedy race towards fixing a trial date for Alfons Schoenherr took a detour into the slow lane today.

The lawyer for the 60-year-old, who is accused of the sexual assault, unlawful confinement and robbery of a woman at his home last month, asked a justice of the peace today to adjourn the file to March 1.

Oliver Butterfield said last week he would have the matter put into either provincial court of B.C. Supreme Court depending on which had the earliest available dates, and expected to make that decision known this morning. However, the Crown prosecutor handling the file is apparently out of the country, and Butterfield can’t go forward until the two have spoken.

Schoenherr, who appeared by videoconference from jail in Kamloops, at first stood with his arms crossed, then put his glasses on and sat slumped in a chair. He kept quiet throughout the brief hearing and quickly exited the video room when the matter concluded. He remains in custody after being denied bail.

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