Accused moving through the courts

  • Jun. 11, 2008 7:00 p.m.

The three individuals charged in the recent brutal assault in Queen Charlotte are all moving through the court system. Michael Peterson and Jimmy Lavallee of Queen Charlotte both faced charges in Prince Rupert court on June 9. Mr. Peterson was charged with kidnapping without the use of a firearm, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, two counts of assault with a weapon and theft $5000 or under. His next court appearance is June 23. Mr. Peterson remains in custody in Prince George. Mr. Lavallee was charged with kidnapping without the use of a firearm, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, assault causing bodily harm and theft over $5000. Mr. Lavallee remains in custody and his next appearance is June 12 for a bail hearing to determine whether he will be released. The other individual involved in the assault is a youth and under the Youth Criminal Justice act, no charges or results of his proceedings can be released. The youth is no longer in custody and was in court on June 4. He will next appear in court on July 15 in Queen Charlotte. The three are charged in connection with a brutal assault which took place May 23. The victim, 25 year old Ryan Gerz of Queen Charlotte, said he was beaten and tortured for several hours before being dumped in the woods north of Skidegate, and said his life will never be the same. On the west side of Queen Charlotte, neighbours of the two adults charged have expressed concern about what will happen when and if either of these men are released on bail.

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