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BREAKING: Judge Issues 3 Publication Bans In Relation To The 2018 WJC Investigation

Published February 5, 2024 at 11:45
BY SAMER
     
In an ongoing case involving four current NHL players, Carter Hart, Dillon Dube, Michael McLeod, Cal Foote, and former player Alex Formenton, significant steps are expected to unfold on Monday. London, Ontario police have scheduled a press conference for later today, where more details about the case are anticipated to be revealed.

Judge Issues 3 Publication Bans In Relation To The 2018 WJC Investigation



Prior to Monday's press conference, a brief 15-minute meeting took place between the judge overseeing the case and the lawyers representing the five defendants. As reported by TSN's Rick Westhead, the meeting resulted in three publication bans, shielding the name of the alleged victim and the identities of two witnesses involved.

During a 15 minute hearing, lawyers for four current and one former NHL players spoke to the justice of the peace in a London, Ont., court about next steps in this case.
The justice of the peace ordered a publication ban on the identity of the alleged victim and two witnesses in the case.
Crown attorney Heather Donkers told the court that «substantial» paper and audio evidence collected by London police in connection with the case - know as disclosure - would be sent today by courier to the players' lawyers.
The next hearing date in the case was scheduled for Apr. 30, at which time lawyers will discuss and review disclosure in the case.




For those hoping for a swift resolution, it seems unlikely, given the inherently slow legal process. The next hearing is set for April 30th, several months away, indicating a deliberate approach to afford defense attorneys ample time to thoroughly review the evidence. The prosecution is expected to send out the evidence later today, as shared by the crown's prosecuting attorney.

The London Police Service will provide an update this afternoon at 2 pm et related to a sexual assault investigation involving players from Canada's 2018 WJC team.
TSN will broadcast the news conference live and begin our coverage at 1:45.
Chief Thai Truong and Detective Sergeant Katherine Dann are expected to take questions from media.


As the case progresses, stay tuned for more details and updates on this developing situation.
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