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No bail for HIV-positive man

Katherine Hudson
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A 26-year-old HIV-positive man accused of sex crimes, who has been in jail since his arrest about 14 months ago, will continue to be held in custody until a trial date is set.

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Bobby Kaotalok: Faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Bobby Johnathan Kaotalok was arrested on Feb. 24, 2011 and is charged with having sex with three women without telling them he was HIV positive. He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Kaotalok's lawyer, Thomas Boyd, asked Supreme Court Justice Karan Shaner for Kaotalok's release since there was a room available for him at the Salvation Army and because of what Boyd called "delays" in trial proceedings, which have kept Kaotalok behind bars for 14 months without a trial date in sight.

Crown prosecutor Glen Boyd argued there has not been an excessive delay in proceedings, but he acknowledged that this is "not a straightforward, simple matter." He said collecting the medical history of the accused into a final report did take some time.

Kaotalok was questioned about his medical condition by both the defence and Crown in court Monday morning during his bail review hearing and asked what his plan would be to better his life if he was released on bail.

Shaner ruled Kaotalok will be kept in jail but she requested a trial date be set as soon as possible.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, bail reviews for indictable offences must take place every 90 days.

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