Man who failed to appear at sex assault trial arrested: Yellowknife RCMP

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A Yellowknife man wanted by police for failing to show up to court for a sex assault jury trial has been located and arrested, say RCMP.

An arrest warrant was issued for 35-year-old Alden Joseph Lennie on Jan. 23 after he failed to appear in NWT Supreme court for the second day in a row, forcing Justice Andrew Mahar to declare a mistrial.

A dozen jurors were sent home.

Lennie was arrested without incident on Feb. 8 following an “active search,” stated RCMP spokesperson Marie York-Condon in an email to Yellowknifer.

Lennie has been charged with a failure to attend court, “as directed by the court,” wrote York-Condon.

Lennie, who appeared for day-one of the trial before failing to attend, stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Yellowknife in 2015.

The trial was expected to last a week and four witnesses were due to be called to the stand.

Lennie was been remanded into custody at North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC). He’s scheduled for a court appearance in NWT Supreme Court on Friday.

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