Lawyer predicts action on case

Matters are moving in a direction that could produce results in the case of a man charged with sexually assaulting a Red Deer senior.

Matters are moving in a direction that could produce results in the case of a man charged with sexually assaulting a Red Deer senior.

Defence lawyer Arnold Piragoff told Red Deer provincial court Judge Jim Mitchell on Tuesday that he couldn’t reveal his reasons for another adjournment.

However, “things are going to happen” Piragoff said in adjourning the case until Oct. 7.

Jesse Peter Toews, 25, of Red Deer is charged with robbing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman on July 29.

It is alleged Toews attacked the woman in a wooded area near 67th Street and 52nd Avenue and stole her purse and watch before fleeing.

It is also alleged that Toews threw a person into a closet during an Aug. 6 dispute and then smashed a cellphone before running off. He also faces a cruelty to animals charge in relation to the death of a kitten that was allegedly thrown against a wall and killed.

Toews has been charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, robbery, making death threats and mischief to property. He also faces a charge of failing to appear in court.

Piragoff said last week he had been informed that his client probably had been assessed on an out-patient basis while he was in the Edmonton Remand Centre. However, he has not yet seen a report to confirm that.

A day earlier court heard Toews did not get the psychiatric assessment after he was ordered to undergo on Sept. 6 at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.

The hospital is being hit with more than 250 bed closures by the province which aims to reduce its overall announced deficit.

Piragoff earlier told court that Toews’ mother told him her son suffered from a bipolar condition and a split personality. The judge ordered that Toews be examined by a psychiatrist to determine if he is fit to instruct a lawyer or stand trial.

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