Health of accused may impact trial on sexual assault charges

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. 

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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.

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