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Mental health diversion sought for accused

Mental health diversion is being sought for a Red Deer man charged with assaulting and injuring a Red Deer RCMP officer.

Robert Stuart Fleming, 58, was arrested on Dec. 28 by Red Deer City RCMP investigating complaints of a drunken man refusing to leave a restaurant.

Released from custody earlier this month, Fleming is being represented by Red Deer lawyer John MacNaughton.

He asked that his client be given an opportunity to apply for mental health diversion, an alternative for people who meet the requirements of the Crown prosecutor’s office.

People who qualify for the program are supervised by mental health professionals from Alberta Health Services.

Fleming is to return to court on April 23 to give him time to meet requirements of his application.

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