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Sagmoen pub ban fought

UPDATE: 5:47 p.m.

The voir dire hearing wrapped late today and is expected to resume Thursday morning at 10.

Again, details from the hearing cannot be publicized because of a temporary ban enacted Monday at the request of Crown and the defence, although the Crown later said they held no opinion on the ban.

Because of scheduling issues, the hearing on requests by media to lift the ban on the voir dire hearing is expected to be held on Monday morning.


UPDATE: 2:44 p.m.

Global has now requested access to specific exhibits from the voir dire, adding to the request to reject the voir dire publication ban by CBC and other outlets.

Justice Alison Beames set the time to hear those requests for Friday at 10 a.m.

There was initially a week set aside for voir dir hearings and the trial, and that estimate appears to be well short of the time needed to complete.

The voir dire hearing is set to resume at 3 p.m.


UPDATE: 12:53 p.m.

The voir dire hearing at the Curtis Sagmoen trial continued as expected Wednesday morning through to the lunch break at 12:30 p.m.

Details of the voir dire hearing are still protected by the publication ban enacted on Monday.

An additional publication ban challenge was filed by an unnamed media source Wednesday morning, defence lawyer Lisa Helps told Justice Alison Beames heading into the break.

Court is expected to resume after a 2 p.m. conference call between the lawyer representing CBC and the justice and counsel regarding the publication ban challenge.


ORIGINAL: 9:13 a.m.

Court is likely to hear more in the voir dire hearing Wednesday at the third day of the Curtis Sagmoen Supreme Court of BC trial involving allegations of violent acts against a sex trade worker in Falkland in 2017.

Sagmoen entered five not guilty pleas Monday at his judge-only trial in Vernon.

Sagmoen hearing continues

Sagmoen was initially facing eight charges but Crown lawyer Simone McCallum stayed three charges of careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

McCallum said Tuesday that this voir dire — a mini-trial within the trial — should wrap today.

On Thursday, Justice Alison Beames is expected to hear formal objections from CBC and Global — with support from other local media outlets — against the temporary publication ban enacted on Monday preventing publicizing details from this voir dire.

A pub ban of a voir dire is not unusual, unless it is a judge-only trial. If the ban is lifted, media will be allowed to publish details from this voir dire hearing.

A general publication ban was enacted on Aug. 30 preceding the trial preventing publication of details that would tend to identify the alleged victim in the case. There were no stated objections of that ban from the media.

Background

The charges stem from an incident in August 2017 near Falkland where a sex worker alleges she was threatened with a weapon before she managed to escape.

Sagmoen has been behind bars since his arrest in September 2017.

In October 2017, police searched a farm owned by Sagmoen's parents on Salmon River Road near Silver Creek where they found the remains of Traci Genereaux.

No connection between Genereaux and Sagmoen has been made and he is not facing any charges relating to her death.

Police have called Genereaux's death suspicious.

Other allegations of violent acts against women by Sagmoen have also been made and on Feb. 4 Sagmoen pleaded guilty to an assault charge stemming from an incident in the Lower Mainland in 2013.

Sagmoen was originally charged with assault causing bodily harm in an attack on a sex trade worker in Maple Ridge, but entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.



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