Man who skipped out on Yellowknife sex assault jury trial sentenced to 90 days jail

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

A Yellowknife man, who skipped out on his sexual assault trial one day after a jury had been picked, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for failure to attend court.

Alden Lennie, 35, was a no-show in court back in January.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and a mistrial was declared.

Lennie turned himself in to RCMP and was taken into custody in February.

The 90-day sentence he received Tuesday was the equivalent to his time served in pre-sentencing custody, so he did not go back to jail.

Lennie was charged in August of 2017 with sexual assault on a woman at a Yellowknife residence in 2015.

It has not come out in court why it took two years for RCMP to charge him with the offence.

Lennie’s Supreme Court trial in front of a judge alone is to begin on July 29.

A judge ruled he gave up his right to a jury trial when he failed to show in court.

Lennie remains free pending the verdict in his next trial.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.