The trial for a Penticton man charged with a string of alleged violent crimes, including a kidnapping, has been delayed until Nov. 25.
Afshin Maleki Ighani appeared in Penticton Supreme Court on Monday asking for what is to be the second adjournment for a full trial for 10 charges related to an armed kidnapping in Princeton on April 17, 2017.
Ighani, who is defending himself, said he was not prepared for the proceedings because he had not received the full disclosure package needed for his defence from Crown counsel until Oct. 6 or 7. He added he believed the package was missing a document with a statement from the RCMP officer flying the helicopter the day of his arrest.
Supreme Court Justice Nitya Iyer granted the adjournment but not without questioning Ighani for his reasons for the delay and criticizing his failure to be prepared during the trial, even once saying she was uncertain as to whether he was being completely honest with the court.
Ighani told the court he wasn’t trying to delay the proceedings, adding he was innocent of the charges and didn’t want to spend any more time in jail.
Crown counsel John Swanson insisted the trial go forward because the Oct. 21 date for continuance had been scheduled since July 22, 2019.
The trial began on Dec. 3, 2018, but was adjourned for the first time after Ighani fired his lawyer.
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