No sign of Pimm at first court date on assault charge

Peace River North MLA will be arraigned Oct. 4

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm did not appear at his first court date on an assault charge Sept. 13.

Pimm, who is accused of committing assault in Dawson Creek on Aug. 13, was scheduled to make a first appearance on the charge Tuesday. Instead, lawyer Greg Cranston spoke for his client over the phone from Vancouver.  

It is not uncommon for a lawyer to handle scheduling matters for a client at a first appearance.

Pimm was arrested after an incident Aug. 13. The two-term MLA had been at the Dawson Creek rodeo the day before to announce details of the Site C dam agriculture mitigation fund with Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick.

Pimm resigned from the B.C. Liberal caucus Aug. 15, citing allegations against him that required him to obtain a lawyer. A special prosecutor was appointed the next day. An assault charge was officially approved against Pimm Sept. 12.

Crown prosecutors were granted a publication ban on the name of the victim at Tuesday's hearing.

He is also involved in a family law proceeding involving Jody Pimm, his wife. That file was opened Aug. 19, according to court records.  

Pimm is set for an arraignment hearing Oct. 4, where he is expected to enter a plea.

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