Preliminary inquiry set for December
Those who are eagerly awaiting an outcome in the case of Gordon Milley will have to wait a few months longer.
Milley, 30, has been charged with first-degree murder in relation to the death of Bernice Rich. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Milley also faces a sexual assault charge in relation to the incident, as well as three additional charges, including breach of recognizance and public mischief.
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Gordon Milley is escorted into the provincial courthouse in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Milley's latest provincial court appearance, which occurred on Aug. 9 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was his fourth since Rich's tragic death in June.
The latest hearing, like the previous three, was very brief.
During the proceedings, Milley's defense attorney - who spoke to the court through the phone system - agreed with the Crown to set aside two days for a preliminary inquiry.
But trying to find two available days in Happy Valley-Goose Bay's jam-packed court docket turned out to be problematic.
"There's not a half day available in this court for the rest of the year," commented Judge William English.
The court, eventually, was able to set the preliminary inquiry for Dec. 16 and 17.
Due to the court's busy schedule, crown attorney John Noseworthy suggested they bring in another judge for the Milley hearing.
Judge English noted, however, that someone else in the court system would have to grant permission for another judge to be brought in.
"If you want to bring in another judge, you'll have to go way over my head," said English.
For the family members of Bernice Rich, the slow process of the justice system has been agonizing, as they anxiously await an outcome.
Emma Rich was Bernice Rich's cousin and dear friend. She's been to all four of Milley's hearings, and it never gets any easier.
"I'm just waiting for justice to be served on behalf of cousin Bernice," says Emma.
"It gets harder (in court) ... I feel exhausted. It makes me miss her more."