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Steven Neville’s charges against woman delayed until after murder retrial

Accused murderer Steven Neville, who was charged with assaulting a woman and distributing intimate images of her, was granted bail Thursday at provincial court in St. John’s.
Steven Neville (left) is shown being led into provincial court in St. John's in this file photo. — Telegram file photo

‘There are other priorities at the moment,’ his lawyer explained Wednesday

Steven Neville won’t face a provincial court judge until early next year, since he’ll be busy with other matters before a jury at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court.

Neville, 28, was in provincial court in St. John’s for his scheduled appearance Wednesday, but left the room before his case was called. His lawyer, Robert Hoskins, represented him.

Neville is charged with assaulting a woman and distributing an intimate photo of her without her consent last October and December. He’s also facing two counts of breaching court orders.

However, he won’t answer to those charges again until Jan. 3, 2019, once his trial on charges of murder and attempted murder wraps up.

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“We’d like to ask for a lengthy postponement, since we’ll be across the street on other matters,” Hoskins said to provincial court Judge David Orr, waiving Neville’s right to claim unreasonable delays in the case. “There are other priorities at the moment.”

Neville was convicted by a jury in 2013 of the second-degree murder of Doug Flynn — who was fatally stabbed — and the attempted murder of Ryan Dwyer, who was seriously injured during a fight on Carlisle Drive in Paradise in October 2010.

However, the conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2015 and a new trial was ordered for Neville. That trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.

Neville was arrested last July on the charges related to the woman, and released after a bail hearing in provincial court with a number of conditions, including that he stay away from the victim. A day earlier, a Supreme Court judge had rejected an application from the Crown to revoke Neville’s release on the murder and attempted murder charges.

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