Dec 18, 2012 - FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF COCHRANE TEEN WANTED TO SEE MAN CHARGED IN HIS DEATH [Brandon Thomas]


Supporters of a Cochrane teen killed by a suspected drunk driver who hoped to see him in court Tuesday went home disappointed.

Ryan Jordan Gibson was supposed to make his first appearance in Cochrane provincial court.

But because his lawyer, high profile defence counsel Alain Hepner, filed a designation of counsel with the court, the Calgary man was not required to attend in person.

Instead, Hepner appeared on Gibson’s behalf and asked Judge Bill Cummings to adjourn the case to next month while he awaits disclosure from Crown prosecutor Ron Simenik.

Hepner said he needs the documents outlining the Crown’s case so he can determine what his next step will be.

Outside court, the lawyer said Simenik indicated he had some disclosure from police already, but still had to read it before providing it to the defence.

Hepner also said he appreciated friends, neighbours and family of dead teen Brandon Thomas may have hoped to glimpse his client, but the law didn’t require him to appear in person.

When a designation of counsel is filed, an accused person is not required to attend unless a major step is to be taken.

“I will make the appearances for him,” Hepner said.

Thomas, 17, was killed and a woman in another vehicle injured Dec. 6, along Hwy. 22, just south of Cochrane.

Police allege a man driving a 2006 Chevy pickup forced two other vehicles off the road before colliding head-on with Thomas’ car.

The case is back Jan. 24.

Source: The Calgary Sun


 

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