Horne may be released on bail
Court to rule next month

Kerry McCluskey
Northern News Services

IQALUIT (Oct 25/99) - A 56-year old man charged with 66 different sex offences may be released on bail next week.

That's the word that was handed down by Justice Robert Kilpatrick during Edward Horne's show cause hearing and bail review last Thursday morning at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

Kilpatrick said he needed time to review the material before him and wanted to delay the decision until Nov. 1, at which time he will rule based upon evidence presented by Crown attorney Debra Robinson and defense counsel Jim Brydon.

A ban on publishing the evidence or the names of any of the complainants was set during the hearing.

Kilpatrick's decision will govern whether or not Horne, a teacher formerly employed in several different Nunavut communities in the 1970s and '80s, will remain imprisoned at the Yellowknife Correctional Centre until his preliminary hearing, scheduled for Jan. 24 in Iqaluit.

Since he was arrested more than six months ago after returning home to Canada from Mexico City on Mar. 30, Horne has been detained in custody without a bail review or show cause hearing while counsel reviewed disclosure.

He was originally arrested on 34 sex-related charges, but that number has increased since he was taken into custody.

The charges stem from allegations which involve several different complainants in Sanikiluaq, Cape Dorset, Grise Fiord and Iqaluit.

Horne, who remained at YCC and did not participate in the hearing, has elected to be tried by judge and jury on all 66 sex-related offences.