Defence in White Rock chemical file requests more time

Bail hearing for Hamish Sutherland to proceed on June 13.

The bail hearing of a man in custody since the Jan. 24 seizure of chemicals from a White Rock apartment was delayed yet again this week.

The adjournment in the case against Hamish Norman Sutherland was requested in Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday by defence counsel Kevin Westell and unopposed by Crown prosecutor Janet Dickie.

The hearing has been set at least four times before.

Westell told Peace Arch News he was “disappointed” in the latest delay. Previous adjournments were a result of Westell’s involvement defending Karl Lilgert against criminal charges in connection with the March 2006 sinking of the Queen of the North.

Those deliberations only recently concluded.

In asking for the latest adjournment, Westell told Judge Patricia Bond he needs more time to prepare.

Sutherland, 34, was charged after an anonymous tip led police to a cache of chemicals in a third-floor Prospect Avenue apartment. The search was executed by White Rock police and officers with the Explosive Disposal and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear Response Unit, the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services, Emergency Response Team and White Rock firefighters.

Sutherland is charged with making or possessing explosives and “possession of firearm, etc. contrary to order.” He is also charged with breach of probation.

Sutherland’s hearing is now set to proceed on June 13. One hour has been set aside.


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