Bail hearing set for accused in alleged armed standoff

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
December 1, 2017 - 2:24pm

LETHBRIDGE – A 46-year-old Lethbridge man will remain in custody by his own consent, as his lawyer had the bail hearing adjourned until later this month.

Jaysun George Sinclair appeared briefly in Lethbridge Provincial Court via CCTV Friday morning, Dec. 1, with an agent standing in for defence lawyer, Bill Wister, asking that the matter be adjourned until Dec. 19. They noted that Wister was not available until then, and that he has only been retained for the purposes of a bail hearing at this point.

The Crown stated that they were prepared to proceed with the hearing sooner, but consented to the adjournment.

Sinclair faces a long list of charges – including use of a firearm while committing an offence, assault with a weapon, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm – in connection with an incident on Nov. 26.

Police responded to a home along the 1100 block of 43 Avenue North, after receiving a report of a male in possession of firearms, threatening anyone who entered his residence, including police.

The Critical Incident Response was brought in to secure the scene, and officers were able to make contact with the individual inside. Following a four-hour standoff, the subject was taken into custody after police deployed CS gas to force him outside.

According to police, a search of the home turned up 11 firearms, four prohibited magazines and rounds of ammunition.

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