July 4, 2013 4:37 am
Updated: July 4, 2013 9:14 am

N.S. MLA Percy Paris’ assault case sent to adult diversion program

The assuault case against MLA Percy Paris, a New Democrat who represents the riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, has been adjourned until July 4.

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HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge has agreed to send the assault case against former provincial cabinet minister Percy Paris to an adult diversion program.

Paris was charged with assault and uttering threats after an alleged incident involving Liberal member Keith Colwell in May.

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The 65-year-old Paris resigned as minister of economic and rural development shortly after, saying he lost his composure during the incident outside a legislature washroom.

He remains a sitting NDP member for the Halifax-area riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank.

The adult diversion program is intended for minor criminal offences where the offender must accept responsibility for his actions and the victim avoids the stress of court proceedings.

© 2013 Canadian Press

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