Decision date set

Justice Geoff Barrow will render his decision in the matter against Deborah Louise Ashton in Vernon Supreme Court July 26.

A date has been set for a Supreme Court justice to determine a perjury case against a former Vernon teacher and administrator.

Justice Geoff Barrow will render his decision in the matter against Deborah Louise Ashton in Vernon Supreme Court on Friday, July 26.

Ashton is charged with two counts of perjury pertaining to statements she made in her first trial on five counts of allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student.

That trial ended in a hung jury.

A Supreme Court justice found Ashton not guilty on all five counts at her second trial.

She was charged with perjury before the second trial with Crown alleging that Ashton made false and misleading statements in regards to a bracelet she allegedly bought her accuser, who cannot be named because of a publication ban, and Ashton’s claim that she always picked up and dropped off her son at day care.

The perjury trial started in March but closing submissions for both sides were delayed due to scheduling conflicts.

Closing arguments were given on Friday, June 28.