A Weyburn man appeared in Weyburn Provincial court on March 21st, 2023, for his second court appearance.
He is facing charges of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, and sex assault against a female youth from January of this year.
During his first court appearance on February 28th, 2023, the Crown requested to proceed by indictment on all three charges. Indictable offences are serious charges under the Criminal Code and they can result in more serious jail time or financial penalties.
A publication ban was put in place under Section 486(4) of the Criminal Code by the court. Therefore, Discover Weyburn will not be releasing the names of those involved.
A publication ban is a court order that prohibits the public or media from disseminating certain details of a public court proceeding, such as the identity of those involved, to protect the victim(s).
During his second court appearance, the court sought adjournment to Tuesday, March 28th at 9:30 a.m., at the Weyburn Provincial Courthouse for election.
Election means that the accused decides whether they would prefer a trial by Judge alone, or a trial by Judge and jury, as well as whether they would prefer their matter to be heard in Provincial Court or the Court of King's Bench. In other words, which court will have jurisdiction over the criminal charges.