Alberta woman accused of assaulting child with watermelon near Kamloops has trial date pushed back

Melon assault trial delayed

An Alberta woman accused of hitting a child with a watermelon while on vacation near Kamloops last summer has had her trial pushed back.

Melissa Anne Pryor, 40, is facing one count of assault stemming from an incident on Aug. 15 in the Chase area.

Police have said they were called to the Bush Creek campground at Adams Lake for a report of a fight between two women.

Mounties said they believe one of the women approached the 10-year-old son of the other and hit him with half a watermelon.

According to an RCMP press release from last year, the boy was uninjured but told police “it hurt.”

A lawyer representing Pryor appeared briefly in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday, asking for her July 2 trial to be adjourned to an undetermined date in the future. Court heard Pryor’s lawyer is busy in July with a murder trial in Vancouver.

Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison granted the application and adjourned the trial date.

Lawyers will meet next week to set a new date.

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