Aug 29, 2012 - HOLUBOWICH'S DRIVING LICENCE REINSTATED (Grand Prairie Warriors case)

Brenden Holubowich, who is facing 16 charges stemming from a collision in October 2011 is now legally allowed to drive.

Chris Millsap, defense counsel for Holubowich, brought the matter forward to Provincial court Judge John Higgerty following the preliminary inquiry, which wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

Under Holubowich’s conditional release, he had to report to Grande Prairie RCMP weekly, he was under strict prohibition of alcohol purchase or consumption and was prohibited from driving, among other conditions.

Millsap told Higgerty the major issue was that Holubowich resides in Wembley and commutes to Grande Prairie, where he works as an apprentice mechanic. Since the collision last October, Holubowich has been given rides by coworkers and friends.

While Crown prosecutor Jason Neustater opposed reinstating Holubowich’s licence, he was not opposed to allowing the accused to leave Alberta or rescinding his requirement to report to Grande Prairie RCMP on a weekly basis.

“There will certainly be some community members upset,” said Neustater.

Holubowich will, however, stay under a strict alcohol prohibition, which means he cannot purchase or consume alcohol or be in a pub or bar.

“(Holubowich) faces very serious charges and a very serious penalty for his crimes,” said Neustater.

In the end, Higgerty sided with Millsap, stating that “the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

Holubowich is facing 16 charges, including four counts of impaired driving causing death, four counts of operating a vehicle over .08 causing death and one count each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, operating a motor vehicle over .08 causing bodily harm and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and five counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, in connection with the fall collision.

Vincent Stover, 16, Matthew Deller, 16, Walter Borden-Wilkins, 15, and Tanner Hildebrand, 15, were killed in the two-vehicle collision on the Correction Line south of the city, while 16-year-old Zach Judd has since recovered from his injuries.

Outside court, Darren Davidson, stepfather of the late Walter Borden-Wilkins, said the family is unhappy with Higgerty’s decision to reinstate Holubowich’s licence.

“We’re not happy about that,” said Davidson. “At the end of the day, I know he has to get on with his life, but at some point that is going to be interrupted again, so why not keep it interrupted until it’s all said and done?”

“At least then, we’ll have some solace in knowing that history is not going to repeat itself.”

Holubowich’s case has been sent to trial following a two-day preliminary inquiry.

His arraignment hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.


Source: Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune

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