Altercations during a pre-graduation party held at Sunset Lake campground on June 8, 2017 resulted in three individuals being taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. (Houston Today file photo)

Houston youth fails to appear in court again in relation to pre-grad party altercations

An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 5

An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 5 for a Houston youth who failed to attend a court hearing for the second time in relation to last year’s pre-graduation party altercations.

The youth first failed to appear in court on Sept. 10, and then again on Nov. 5.

READ MORE: Houston youth fails to attend hearing related to pre-grad party stabbing case

Although the young person appeared in court on Oct. 1, the matter was then adjourned to allow more time to consult counsel.

Altercations during the party held at Sunset Lake campground on June 8, 2017 resulted in three individuals being taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The youth was one of two people charged with assaulting Gerald Lester Whitford during the party. The co-accused, who also can’t be named due to his young age, was given a conditional release earlier this year and placed on probation for 12 months with a number of conditions.

READ MORE: Another guilty plea in Houston stabbing case

Whitford had originally been charged with three counts of aggravated assault for altercations that occurred during the party, but later pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of assault with a weapon. He was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence to be followed by one year of probation in February.

Gerald’s parents told Houston Today earlier this year they believe that further investigation could not only bolster the prosecution’s case against the two youths, but also lead to more people being charged with assaulting their son.

On Feb. 13, 2018, Whitford’s mother-in-law Mavis Goertzen lodged several complaints with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP. In a copy of the complaint, obtained by Houston Today, Goertzen says the RCMP “failed to conduct a proper investigation,” specifying that key witnesses had not been interviewed, including her daughter Elisha Goertzen.

Her daughter has since been questioned by the RCMP.

The B.C. Prosecution Service and the RCMP have not commented on this case given that the matters arising from the assault upon Gerald remain before the court.


 

@flavio_nienow
flavionienow@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Aussies buy majority stake in Red Chris mine

Company looks forward to relationship with Tahltan Nation

Houston Poker fun

Congratulations to the winners of the Third Annual Houston Snowmobile Club Poker… Continue reading

B.C. minister says rural internet is ‘railroad of the 21st century’

Jinny Sims talks details about the $50-million provincial and possible $750-million federal funds

Joy for Jam

Jam with Joy was happening every Friday evening at the Houston Public… Continue reading

Houston brings home medals

Houston ringette, U16 and u19 teams both brought home silver medals from… Continue reading

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Free app launches to help immigrants, refugees as they settle in B.C.

Mobile app Arrival Advisor was developed by Vancouver-based non-profit PeaceGeeks

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Bodies of two missing teens recovered in reservoir along Kootenay river

Volkswagen Beetle drove off the road down a steep embankment and into the Pend d’Oreille River Sunday

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vancouver driver ticketed twice within 6 minutes for same offence

The man was written up by two different officers for using an electronic device

B.C. teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

B.C. man ‘parks’ horse during liquor store pit stop

As long as animal wasn’t jaywalking, no problem, says Parksville official

Most Read