HIV-positive accused sex offender J.M. won’t know if he’ll get bail until next week

The HIV-positive Calgary man accused of sexually abusing three women will spend a long weekend in jail.

Defence counsel Andrea Urquhart appeared in provincial court Thursday along with her client and asked that the case be adjourned to Tuesday.

That’s when it will be decided if John Joseph McNamara will be freed on bail, or not.

J.M. had been released on two charges of aggravated sexual assault stemming from incidents in Airdrie and Innisfail last December. He was charged with breaching a condition of his release by not living where he was supposed to be when Calgary police arrested him this week on a third charge of aggravated sexual assault.

The Crown has put J.M. on notice it will seek to have his bail on the earlier charges revoked and have him detained pending trial. Dressed in Calgary Remand Centre overalls, the bespectacled J.M. did no speak during his brief appearance before Judge Gerry Meagher. He was originally charged in February in connection with allegations of aggravated sexual assault involving different women.

The first charge stems from a Dec. 6 encounter in Airdrie and the second involves a Dec. 20 incident in Innisfail.

Provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten ordered him released on $500 cash and a $5,000 surety on March 13 after a bail hearing which spanned several days. There was a publication ban on the hearing. The latest aggravated sexual assault allegation involves an incident Dec. 25 in Calgary with a third woman.


Kevin Martin, Calgary Sun

June 6, 2014

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