Defence lawyer Bob Simmonds (left) and Crown prosecutor Phil LeFeuvre talk before the start of court in St. John’s today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
The Crown wants a man accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving drunk not to be allowed to drive or be in any bars or other places where alcohol is served while the charges are before the courts.
When the case of Ronald Thistle, 65, was called in provincial court in St. John’s today, Crown prosecutor Phil LeFeuvre indicated the Crown will be filing an application to change Thistle’s release conditions to reflect the same.
Thistle, who was not in court today but represented by defence lawyer Robert Simmonds, has been charged with impaired driving causing death and having a blood-alcohol level above the legal amount causing death.
Under the law, when someone is charged with these type of offences, a person can have their driving privileges back after 90 days but lose them again if convicted of the charges.
Judge Colin Flynn set the case over to Oct. 10 to deal with the Crown’s application.
Thistle, who lives in the Kilbride area of St. John's, was arrested as a result of a motor vehicle collision Aug. 16 in the capital city.
Thistle was said to have been driving a pickup when he pulled out of Polina Road onto Kenmount Road, causing an east-bound motorcycle to crash into the side of Thistle's truck.
The motorcycle driver, 27-year-old Nicholas Coates, was rushed to hospital, but later died from his injuries.
A number of Coates’ family members were in court today but declined to talk to media.