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New trial date set for alleged Nanaimo Hells Angel

The Crown says the prosecution of an alleged full-patch Hells Angels member from Nanaimo will go ahead after an appeal ruling.
Extortion and theft charges were stayed against Robert Widdifield last year when the BC Supreme Court ruled his Charter rights were violated when the case took too long to get to trial.
The Crown appealed the decision, and won and now a new trial for Widdifield has been set for nine days in October.
Widdifield is one of four men facing charges incidents dating back to 2010, but his was the only case thrown out.

A statement from the Criminal Justice Branch says, “This case has attracted considerable public attention and engages matters of public interest and the Branch considers it appropriate to release a statement regarding the Crown’s steps in the matter…  As this matter is before the court, the Branch will make no further comment at this time.”
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