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Sentencing delayed when accused arrested ahead of court date

By Jeremy Appel on July 25, 2018.

Medicine Hat News

A man caught selling methamphetamine to an undercover police officer had his sentencing at Medicine Hat Provincial Court delayed for a day after he was arrested Tuesday on a separate charge.

Robert Hafso was arrested at 9:30 a.m., according to the Crown, which joined the defence in requesting a 24-hour adjournment.

Police confirmed that Hafso was arrested, but couldn’t disclose specific charges, as he had yet to appear before a Justice of the Peace by press time.

Since Hafso was at the police station, he couldn’t be brought to the Medicine Hat Remand Centre or courthouse in time for his scheduled sentencing.

This is the second time this past week that Hafso’s sentencing has been delayed at the request of the Crown and defence.

On July 18, defence lawyer Bradley Bellmore said he had only received Hafso’s pre-sentencing the night before, which he’d read but had some concerns with.

“Sometimes when one gains things, they also lose things,” said Judge Dietrich Brand in approving Tuesday’s adjournment.

Sentencing is scheduled this afternoon for 1 p.m., where Hafso is ordered to appear in person.

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