Hearing set into 14-year-old sex case

Hearing dates are to be set later this month for a man arrested in Nova Scotia in relation to a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Red Deer almost 14 years ago. Lawrence MacPherson, 36, was arrested in Halifax on March 14 on charges relating to a violent attack on an 18-year-old woman in a park next to the cemetary in Normandeau on July 25, 1998.

Hearing dates are to be set later this month for a man arrested in Nova Scotia in relation to a sexual assault alleged to have occurred in Red Deer almost 14 years ago.

Lawrence MacPherson, 36, was arrested in Halifax on March 14 on charges relating to a violent attack on an 18-year-old woman in a park next to the cemetary in Normandeau on July 25, 1998.

RCMP allege that evidence from the crime was matched with Lawrence’s DNA in July 2010 and charges of forcible confinement, sexual assault and uttering threats were laid against him at that time.

MacPherson was transferred to Red Deer, where he made his first court appearance on May 18.

He made a brief appearance in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday via close-circuit TV from the Red Deer Remand Centre, where he is being held in custody. Represented by Red Deer lawyer Luke Kurata, MacPherson returns to court on June 21.