OTTAWA – Sen. Patrick Brazeau will spend the summer away from the courthouse as his next appearance was rescheduled for Oct. 9, the Crown attorney said Monday.
The now-independent senator is facing assault and sexual assault charges stemming from a Feb. 7 incident at his Gatineau, Que. home. He has pleaded not guilty.
The former Conservative, who was kicked out of caucus following his arrest, is also contesting an order by the Senate’s board of internal economy to pay back nearly $49,000 in housing claims.
Global News recently revealed Brazeau received $4,000 in legal assistance from the Senate during the time his improper housing allowance claims were being investigated by his peers and external auditors at Deloitte.
Brazeau’s lawyer asked for the delay Monday, after requesting photos taken by police officers from the Crown last week, said Crown attorney Sylvain Petitclerc.
“Until October to look after pictures, it’s a bit long,” said Petitclerc after court.
He said he expects a trial date will be set in October.
“That’s what I was hoping for today,” he said.
Brazeau’s spokeswoman said he would not comment until the matter is fully resolved. Calls to his lawyer were not immediately returned.