Bail hearing delayed for Saint John councillor
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 4:16PM AST
Last Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 7:16PM AST
The bail hearing for a Saint John city councillor facing child pornography charges was cancelled Monday afternoon, which means he will be staying behind bars for at least another week.
Donnie Snook, 40, is facing three counts of sexual interference on a child under 16 years of age, two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available.
The charges came after police executed a search warrant at Snook’s Martha Avenue home last Wednesday.
They seized several items, including computer equipment and children sexual abuse images, during their search. Snook was arrested at the scene.
Police say their investigation began in 2011 and involved the RCMP, Saint John Police Force, and Toronto Police Service.
Today, Snook’s lawyer told the court he had only received the Crown’s evidence around noon Monday and had no time to examine it.
“We acknowledged to extend the timeline and will not throw up any technical arguments before we go back next Monday,” said Dennis Boyle.
“It’s a longer time than I would have liked but I want to be prepared and I want my client prepared before we go in.”
The courtroom was packed and each person entering was searched. A number of police officers and plain-clothes officers were in attendance, along with sheriffs.
Unlike his first appearance last week, Snook was not wearing leg irons as he was brought into the courtroom. He sat quietly on the prisoner’s bench with his head bowed.
Ruth Turner, who described herself as a church friend of Snook’s, was among the 60 people in the courtroom.
“I love Donnie. I’m surprised, but Donnie is still my friend,” she told CTV News. “My feelings for Donnie have not changed.”
Crown prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock said she will be calling three witnesses and some technical evidence in a bid to deny Snook’s bail.
Boyle said his client will not be entering pleas on the charges at the bail hearing, which has been rescheduled for Jan. 21.
Snook was first electedto Saint John City Council in 2008, based largely on his work as a community activist in the city’s south end. He was one of only two incumbent councillors to be re-elected in the spring.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Mike Cameron