A decision will likely be made next month on the merits of a Charter of Rights application filed by the defence lawyer in a child-luring case.
Kevin Kelly (left) was in provincial court this morning as a hearing resumed to consider the merits of a Charter of Rights application filed by his lawyer Mike King (standing). Kelly is accused of luring a child by means of a computer. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
The case of former Newfoundland Herald senior editor Kevin John Kelly, 42, returned to St. John’s provincial court this morning. He is accused of unlawfully luring a child under the age of 16 by means of a computer.
Matters discussed in the hearing are subject to a publication ban.
Defence lawyer Mike King told the court last July that he would be filing a charter application with respect to the alleged destruction of evidence in the form of a replica hard drive of his client’s computer.
He said that act would impact his ability to present a full defence in the case, as King did not get a chance to have the contents of the hard drive independently assessed prior to its alleged destruction.
Judge James Walsh agreed to have the matter return to court March 24.
Kelly, who is not in custody, was present in court today. It’s alleged he exchanged inappropriate messages with a teenage girl online over a five-week period. Police first charged Kelly in late 2012.
King entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client last October.
The Newfoundland Herald still employed Kelly when charges were originally laid, but he has since been replaced. Kelly was best known for his coverage of the entertainment scene in the province. He is a former judge for the Canadian Polaris Music Prize and was named Media Person of the Year by MusicNL on multiple occasions.