Court briefs – December 14

A man charged with running over and seriously injuring a Mountie on Hwy 2 and then trying to run over two other officers had his trial delayed Friday when he suddenly parted company with his lawyer.

Janzen trial delayed

A man charged with running over and seriously injuring a Mountie on Hwy 2 and then trying to run over two other officers had his trial delayed Friday when he suddenly parted company with his lawyer.

Kenneth Thomas Janzen, 25, of Saskatoon was have a Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench trial on 14 charges from March 15 to 26 before the surprise development.

Lawyer Lorne Goddard told Justice Monica Bast he had a difference of opinion with Janzen on how to proceed.

Janzen, who remains in custody, is charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a vehicle, two counts of attempting to commit assault with a vehicle and two counts of criminal flight from police causing bodily harm.

Bast ordered him to return to court on Jan. 11 to hopefully set a new trial date.

“These are serious charges and you need a lawyer,” Bast told Janzen, who said he wanted to make a bid for bail.

He is also charged with single counts of failure to stop at the scene of an accident, obstructing police, dangerous operation of a vehicle and criminal negligence.

Janzen was charged on July 30, 2008, after a vehicle struck and seriously injured an Innisfail RCMP officer who was on foot after deploying a spike belt near Antler Hill just north of Innisfail on Hwy 2.

Janzen is alleged to have swerved to avoid a spike belt and slammed into Const. Danny Knight, who suffered a severely broken leg and a head cut.

The chase ended near Olds when another spike belt disabled the vehicle and it rolled several times.

Authorities allege that two other officers involved in the pursuit were also intended victims.

Truck, trailer thief headed to jail

A man who stole several pickup trucks, ATVs, trailers and was involved in a high speed pursuit with police is headed to prison.

Corey James Lavallee, 24, of Red Deer, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail on Friday after pleading guilty to about 15 charges in Red Deer provincial court.

Lavallee, who has been in custody for almost two months, will serve another two years and four months after getting one-for-one credit from the court.

Court heard the accused stole a trailer in mid-June in the Breton area.

He then went on a truck and ATV theft spree in Red Deer and Blackfalds in the late summer and fall.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop for police who had spotted him in a stolen truck on Sept. 4 in Gasoline Alley on Hwy 2 near Red Deer.

On Oct. 19 he was arrested in a stolen vehicle that contained bolt cutters. He entered a guilty plea to possession of break-in instruments from Lavallee.

Earlier, Lavallee admitted to stealing another pickup and trailer and two ATVs from a surveyor in Blackfalds.

Lavallee also pleaded guilty to several charges of breaching previous court orders, driving with no insurance and driving while suspended.

A few other charges were withdrawn.

Man jailed for sex assault

A woman seeking refuge with a man she thought was a friend was smashed on the head with a golf club and then violently sexually assaulted, Red Deer court heard on Friday.

Leslie Bullerwell, 49, of Red Deer was sentenced to four and a half years in jail after he pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated sexual assault.

Provincial court Judge David Plosz heard that the victim had been kicked out of her residence and met Bullerwell, who invited her to stay at his apartment in Red Deer.

The pair consumed some alcohol and before long Bullerwell attacked her with a golf club, striking her on the head. She required several stitches to close the wound later, Crown prosecutor Robin Fiander told court.

Bullerwell sexually assaulted the woman three times. He also choked her during the incident on Oct. 12.

The woman managed to escape when Bullerwell passed out.

She then made her way to a nearby fast food outlet and called RCMP.

Police then entered Bullerwell’s apartment and found him sleeping with blood splattered around the residence and the golf club with blood and hair on it.

He was arrested and has been in custody.

He was given credit for two months in jail so will serve another four years and four months.

He must also surrender a sample of his DNA and is prohibited from owning weapons or firearms for 10 years.

His name is also placed on a sex offender registry for life.

Defence lawyer Murray Shack told court that Bullerwell was very drunk and remembers little about the attack.

“He doesn’t dispute the facts and is remorseful,” Shack said.