An elderly North Thompson man accused of sexually assaulting a number of young people more than a decade ago may be too ill to stand trial, a judge has been told.
Wayne Taylor, 70, is facing charges of sexual interference of a person under 14, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.
The details of the allegations are protected by a court-ordered ban on publication that also prevents the publication of any information that could identify the complainants.
During a brief hearing in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, defence lawyer Dale Melville said his client’s health has deteriorated. Melville asked for an extension in time to set a trial date.
Taylor has a dated criminal history, including a conviction in 1991 for living off the avails of prostitution.
Lawyers are slated to return to court on July 8 with an update on Taylor’s health and to potentially set a trial date.
Taylor is not in custody.