Accused arsonist’s lawyer hurt leads to further plea delay

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/File)

CORNWALL – A possible resolution to the case of an accused arsonist in Cornwall has been further delayed as her lawyer has been injured.

During a court appearance today (Monday), court heard Robert Taillefer had been injured sometime within the last 11 days – seriously enough to warrant a doctor’s appointment.

“He’s (Taillefer) unsure of what will happen once he speaks to the medical professionals but he would like this matter brought back in a couple of days by video so he can schedule a date,” a duty counsel lawyer said.

Crown attorney Michael Purcell said Taillefer’s health is the priority but the Crown is “becoming concerned about delay” on one matter and a couple of other matters have “not been addressed substantially” by defence.

Erica Brazeau, 26, is charged with two counts of arson, possession of incendiary material and beach of a court order. She’s also facing charges of assault and forcible confinement in a separate case.

Brazeau was charged after a car were set on fire, which burned a carport and part of a house on St. Felix Street in Cornwall in March.

During a court appearance Aug. 15, Taillefer said he was working on arranging alcohol treatment through the Akwesasne Justice Department for his client. Taillefer said there is an “intention to plea” during that appearance earlier this month.

Judge Gilles Renaud adjourned the case until Wednesday (Aug. 28) where Brazeau will make a court appearance via video.

“I got to let him (Taillefer) see the doctors, get well and then make certain decisions,” Renaud told Brazeau. She appeared to be understanding of the situation.

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