THIS JUST IN: Trial dates set for Brian Coldin Obstruction of Justice/Threatening a Police Officer Case
Trial dates have been set in the Brian Coldin obstruction of justice/threatening a police officer case. There were also some new developments this week in Bracebridge court, with Coldin’s legal representation getting one of the judge’s to remove himself from further proceedings in the case. Gary McHale, President of Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality (CANACE) who is representing Coldin as a citizen, tells the Moose what happened…
The W5 mention refers to an episode of W5 called “The Town Without Pity” which chronicled the High Falls Chalet Inn owner’s early battles with some Bracebridge locals and Bracebridge OPP. Coldin is also a nudist who fought for the right to be naked in public, a court battle which he lost.
Trial dates are now set for January 7th and 9th 2015 to deal with a breach of bail conditions charge Coldin is facing. McHale says it stems back to January 17th where Coldin showed up at the Bracebridge OPP detachment after trying for months to get an appointment with police. McHale says Coldin was charged because he was under a condition to not visit the detachment without a prior appointment.
A trial date’s also been set for December 1st 2014. That’s when the initial Obstruction of Justice and Threatening a Police Officer charges will be heard. They were laid in August 2013 after Coldin visited the detachment and allegedly obstructed justice and threatened a police officer.
Before that trial, Coldin will be back in court for a bail hearing set for August 13th. That’s when a charter argument McHale has filed on behalf of Coldin will be heard. McHale tells the Moose he and Coldin believe police have willfully used the bail condition which says Coldin can’t visit the detachment without an appointment, to deny Coldin any appointments with police. McHale says denying Coldin police services is a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Moose has contacted OPP Constable Peter Leon about these developments – he says police won’t comment at this time as the cases are still before the courts.