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New trial date to be set in assaults on boy and mother

A new date will be set today for the trial of a Red Deer man accused of brutal assaults on a little boy, the boy’s mother and another of her children.

The 24-year-old man, whose name is withheld to protect the identities of the children, has been held in custody since his arrest on June 16 by Red Deer City RCMP answering reports of a man kicking a small boy.

Police allege that they found the six-year-old smeared in feces and suffering burn marks on his arms.

The boy was rushed to the emergency room at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, where police allege doctors also found damage to the corneas of both of his eyes.

The accused man was to have been tried before Judge Thomas Schollie in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, charged with three counts each of assault and assault with a weapon and one count of uttering threats to cause bodily harm.

Schollie consented to an adjournment when defence counsel Lorne Goddard advised that he had received a new statement from the mother that includes a “marked departure” from the statement she gave to police.

Crown prosecutor Jillian Brown also said the new statement, given to her while she was preparing her witnesses for trial, is a marked departure from the earlier statement.

Goddard told that court that he needs time to review the information and then discuss it with his client so he can offer the man a proper defence.

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