Jul 20, 2016 - CASE OF FREDERICTON MAN FACING 10 IMPAIRED-RELATED CHARGES DELAYED AGAIN

Robert Shannon was back in Fredericton provincial court on Wednesday afternoon to face 10 charges in connection with the June 19 collision. 

The case of a Fredericton man facing 10 charges in connection with an impaired driving collision with a motorcycle that seriously injured a married couple has been adjourned again.

Robert Drew Shannon, 40, was scheduled to have a bail hearing in provincial court on Wednesday afternoon, but his defence lawyer and the Crown made a joint request that the case be set over until Aug. 12, as relatives and friends of the injured couple looked on.

Defence lawyer Ronald Morris told the court he plans to recommend Shannon be sent for a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he is fit to stand trial, but said he needed time to get a letter from his client's family doctor first. The letter will help decide whether a five-day or 30-day assessment is required, he said.

Judge Julian Dickson was not happy with the delay. He noted the charges were laid on June 28 and the file has not progressed. The court has only 18 months to deal with the matter, he said.​

Dickson agreed to the adjournment, but said, "No further delays without seeing some progress."

The charges against Shannon include two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, two counts of driving over the legal limit, two counts of causing bodily harm, one count of driving with a suspended licence and one count of breach of a judge's undertaking.

Alyssa Howe (centre) has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the medical bills and expenses for her father Mike Burden, who had one of his legs amputated after the collision and her mother, Kendra Burden, who suffered a crushed ankle.

They were laid after an SUV struck a motorcycle in a traffic circle at the intersection of Cliffe Street and Two Nations Crossing on the city's north side on June 19 at about 6:30 p.m.

Michael Burden, who was on the motorcycle with his wife Kendra, had to have one of his legs amputated after the collision and also suffered broken ribs. He remains in intensive care at the hospital, the couple's daughter, Alyssa Howe, told CBC News.

Her mother also underwent at least two surgeries for a crushed ankle and is also still in hospital, she said.

'It kind of makes me angry. We all want this to be dealt with.'- Alyssa Howe, daughter of injured couple

Outside the courthouse, Howe expressed frustration about the case being delayed for a third time. "It kind of makes me angry," she said.

"We all want this to be dealt with because my parents are in the hospital … It's just frustrating."

"I completely agree with the judge. It should be taken care of as quickly as possible."

But all she can do is wait and see what happens, she told reporters. "There's nothing else that we can really do until they push the matter forward."

In the meantime, Howe, who just graduated from high school, has taken time off from her summer job. "My complete focus is on the situation," she said.

Shannon remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 12 at 9:30 a.m.

He is also facing charges of drinking and driving and driving with a suspended licence in connection with a previous alleged incident on April 25. He is scheduled to appear in court on those charges in November.

Howe has set up a fundraiser for her parents on the crowd funding site GoFundMe. The campaign has raised $975 to date. Howe's goal is $10,000, but she doesn't know how much the bills and other expenses may add up to.

Source: CBC news


 

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