Show-cause hearing set in brutal assault case

Matt Gardner
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A show-cause hearing has been set for the Prince Albert man accused of a vicious assault that shocked the nation.

Prince Albert Provincial Court

The accused appeared in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Wednesday morning before a judge who adjourned the case to Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.m., when the bail hearing will take place.

With the accused having applied for Legal Aid, his next court appearance will also allow Legal Aid to arrange counsel on his behalf.

Wearing a brown hoodie and appearing downbeat, the accused spoke little in his first court appearance, responding in a quiet voice to inquiries from Judge Daunt.

Various unrelated charges against the accused were also brought up in court, including property theft under $5,000 from Sears and having liquor in a public place.

A publication ban has been placed on the name of the victim, whose relatives were among those in attendance at court.

The victim’s niece, Jamie, was familiar with the accused and experienced a wave of emotions upon seeing him in court on Wednesday.

“I was shocked,” Jamie said. “I had a panic attack, started crying. What can you do? I knew the guy from the streets. My little brother went to school with him and it’s just a total shock.”

“That’s all,” she added. “I’m going to let the police deal with everything … let justice be served.”

Similarly, the victim’s aunt, Lorna, said that she was feeling “a whole host of emotions right now.”

“I’m just going to let the courts take the process and take it from there,” Lorna said.

Following his court appearance, the accused was remanded back into custody.

Leslie Black, 29, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault in relation to the attack that took place on June 1.

Geographic location: Prince Albert Provincial Court

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