Mistrial declared, new trial ordered for Leslieville Elks Hall arson suspect

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
December 6, 2018 - 3:54pm Updated: January 10, 2019 - 1:47pm

A mistrial was declared for the male youth accused of starting the fire that destroyed the Leslieville Elks Hall. A new trial has been scheduled for later this year.

The hall was burned to the ground on the evening of December 29, 2017. The cause of the fire was deemed to be arson and an investigation was launched.

On January 25, Rocky Mountain House RCMP arrested a male youth and charged him with one count of arson. The name of the accused cannot be released under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as he was 17-years-old at the time of the fire.

The accused was scheduled to stand trial on November 20. But after proceedings got underway a mistrial was declared due to a conflict that had become apparent.

A new trial has been scheduled for July 30, 2019 in Rocky Mountain House provincial court.


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