Pre-trial begins in Mantler case
Sep 25, 2012 / 4:25 pm
The trial of a suspended Mountie caught on tape kicking a Kelowna man in the head almost two years ago will begin without “any contentious evidence,” according to Crown counsel.
Justice Gregory Koturbash adjourned a pre-trail hearing for Kelowna Const. Geoff Mantler, who faces assault causing bodily harm of Buddy Tavares in January 2011, to judicial case management.
Crown prosecutor Will Burrows, who appeared by telephone, told the court the Crown doesn’t expect any Charter issues during the trial, which is set to begin Nov. 26.
“(There) isn’t any contentious evidence. ”
Defence counsel Neville McDougall proposed holding the trial over the period of three weeks, instead of two, in order to allow for more time to present his evidence, particularly the testimony of an out-of-province “expert” witness.
The arrest of Tavares was caught on tape by a Castanet reporter using an iPhone.
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