Arraignment of MLA Pat Pimm postponed to Oct. 25


Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm’s arraignment was postponed for three weeks at the request of a special prosecutor Tuesday morning.

No plea was entered in Dawson Creek provincial court, as more time was needed to finalize disclosure documents related to Pimm’s assault charge.

Pimm’s arraignment has been scheduled for Oct. 25. He did not appear in court Tuesday, however, his lawyer spoke by phone and said more time was needed to review the charges against his client.

Pimm was arrested after an incident Aug. 13. The two-term MLA had been at the Dawson Creek rodeo the day before to announce details of the Site C dam agriculture mitigation fund with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick.

Pimm resigned from the B.C. Liberal caucus Aug. 15, citing allegations against him that required him to obtain a lawyer. A special prosecutor was appointed the next day. An assault charge was officially approved against Pimm Sept. 12.

Crown prosecutors were granted a publication ban on the name of the victim at a Sept. 13 hearing.

Pimm has not been found guilty of the charge.

Pimm, who continues to represent the region as an independent, has not returned calls for comment.

This is not the first time Pimm has resigned from caucus. In 2011, he spent the night in jail following a domestic dispute with his wife. A special prosecutor was appointed in that case, but ultimately declined to press charges.

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