Case against Roman Catholic priest set over

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The Corner Brook Western Star

Published on June 4, 2012

Published on June 4, 2012

With the investigation into further sex offences ongoing, the matter of George Ansel Smith has been set over in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador until September.

The Crown is still waiting the outcome of the ongoing investigation in Nova Scotia into further allegations against Roman Catholic priest George Ansel Smith, who has 62 sex-related charges against him in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It’s much the same position the provincial Crown has been in for the last two months.

The case was called in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Corner Brook Monday morning. Crown prosecutor Trina Simms informed Justice Alan Seaborn that she believes the out-of-province investigation should be concluded before the court’s next scheduled arraignment date, which is not until September.

Smith, 74, has been charged in relation to incidents alleged to have occurred in six communities in this province from 1969 to 1989.

The matter has now been set over until Sept. 10.

1 Response to Case against Roman Catholic priest set over

  1. MS says:

    *I’m not surprised.  I have doubts about the legitimacy of the delays.  The courts seem to work in favor of the church and we can be sure they are working on something.  Part of the power is to delay the process, for any reason, for as long as possible.
    After reading some of the stuff on this site especially the Hersbach story in Melbourne, Australia, —  the sexual predator priest assigned to counsel another sexual predator reeks even of common sense let alone legitimacy.  Who is shepherding who in this institution?
    Counselling?  What is needed is deliverance.

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