New lawyer for Bowers

South Surrey's Douglas Bowers is due back in Surrey Provincial Court on Oct. 30.

In a brief appearance Tuesday in Surrey Provincial Court, a South Surrey man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography confirmed he has found another lawyer to represent him.

Douglas Wayne Bowers told Judge Michael Hicks he was approved for legal aid that morning.

He told Hicks last week – on what was scheduled to be a continuation of a sentencing hearing – that he had to fire his previous lawyer after publicity around his guilty plea cost him work, and he could no longer afford his attorney.

This next lawyer will be Bowers’ third since he was charged in September 2009 following an  investigation that began in October 2008.

Hicks urged Bowers to connect with his new lawyer “right away,” and ordered him to return to court next week, “to ensure this matter is not languishing in any way.”

The comments follow a series of delays in the proceedings, including in March, when Bowers applied to withdraw his guilty plea, and in August, when he was granted an adjournment in his sentencing hearing due to health issues.

Bowers is to return to court on Oct. 30.