New counsel sought in alleged assault on Vernon officers case

Kyle Larue will appear next Dec. 13

A Vernon man who faces charges alleging assault against three police officers is looking for new representation.

At a previous hearing, Kyle Larue, a 27-year-old Vernon man of no fixed address, Rod Wark was appointed defence counsel through legal services. However, appearing in Vernon Law Courts via video Thursday, Dec. 6, Larue told Justice of the Peace Dalene Krenz that he would rather have Nicholas Jacob as his defence.

“I would like to retain Mr. Jacob over Rod Wark any day of the week,” Larue said to laughter in the public gallery. “I have nothing against him (Wark), I’m sure he’s great.”

Jacob, who was appearing as agent for Wark, recommended that he discuss the situation and noted that he is unavailable to take on new clients at this time.

“If those discussions are not fruitful, you can apply for a change of counsel,” Jacob told Larue.

Krenz agreed.

“There is a process. You can do that through legal services,” she said. “I strongly suggest you talk to Mr. Wark.”

Larue is charged with assaulting a peace officer, taking or attempting to take the weapon of a peace officer, two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest, wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer and two counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

None of the charges against him have been proven in court. Larue is currently in custody and will appear next Dec. 13.


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