AMHERST – The former Springhill cop has elected to be tried by a Supreme Court justice alone.
Joshua Demers had his counsel, Jim O’Neil, enter his not guilty pleas on his behalf Monday morning.
Demers did not appear for the proceedings.
“The Crown may still be collecting evidence,” said O’Neil, advising the court he was ready to enter his client’s plea.
Demers is facing two charges of theft – one for gas and one for seized contraband material from the main exhibit locker room at the Springhill Police Service – and one count each of obstructing justice by tampering with evidence bags and breach of trust as a peace officer.
He’s also facing four counts of possession of marijuana, and one count each of possession of cannabis resin and cocaine.
While O’Neil has filed a designation of counsel for the Criminal Code matters and the four marijuana possession charges, Crown attorney Jill Hartlen is concerned the designation doesn’t cover the two additional drug charges.
“We can hold off on the election until the focus hearing,” said O’Neil, adding he may file a written designation before then.
A focus hearing has been scheduled for the matters on Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m., while Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m. has been set aside for a preliminary hearing.