Tuesday, 11 April 2017 11:09

Two face charges in connection with Maple Creek incident

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Connie Oakes arrives at Swift Current Provincial Court Monday morning to face charges on aggravated assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats in connection to an alleged stabbing in Maple Creek on April 5. Connie Oakes arrives at Swift Current Provincial Court Monday morning to face charges on aggravated assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats in connection to an alleged stabbing in Maple Creek on April 5. Andrea Carol

A bail hearing was set for April 19 for Connie Oakes, who faces charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats in connection to an alleged stabbing at a Maple Creek residence April 5.


Ricky Lee Rockthunder, 35, of Nekaneet First Nation, was also charged in the same incident.
Oakes and Rockthunder made their first appearance at the Swift Current courthouse Monday, with their next appearance set for April 19 when a show-cause hearing will be held.
The hearing is considered “reverse onus,” meaning defence counsel has to prove why bail should be granted. Crown will be opposing release.
A request for a bail verification report was also made at Monday’s appearance, meaning the bail release plan — such as supervision and residence — will be evaluated as to whether it is realistic.
Both Oakes and Rockthunder have secured legal aid lawyers.
According to an RCMP news release, a male stabbing victim was brought to hospital around 7 p.m. on April 5. After speaking with the victim, Oakes and Rockthunder were located by police and arrested.
The connection between the two suspects is not known at this time, according to RCMP Sgt. Earl LeBlanc.
It’s unclear whether the alleged stabbing was premeditated, LeBlanc added.
Oakes was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2013 following the 2011 stabbing death of Casey Armstrong in Medicine Hat.
The decision was overturned in April 2016. The charges against both Scott and Oakes have been stayed by the Crown.

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