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CanadaCalgary trial delayed for man charged in death of four-year-old daughter

22:51  17 june  2019
22:51  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Calgary trial delayed for man charged in death of four-year-old daughter © Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

CALGARY — A trial that was to begin Monday for a man accused in the death of his four-year-old daughter has been delayed.

Oluwatosin Oluwafemi, 42, is charged with second-degree murder and was in a Calgary courtroom when a judge granted a defence lawyer's request for an adjournment due to a colleague's medical emergency.

"Obviously before bringing the application we canvassed all other alternatives on how we might be able to proceed and just don't see it's viable in the circumstances," explained defence lawyer Michael Bates.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey, who met with both the Crown and the defence, said an alternative for a fair trial could not be found.

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A new trial date is to be determined on June 24.

Officers were called to a home in Calgary on Dec. 19, 2014, and found Olive Rebekah Oluwafemi in cardiac arrest and not breathing. The girl was taken to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Oluwafemi told police the preschooler had fallen down the stairs, which investigators said was not consistent with the child's injuries. They said her injuries appeared to have been inflicted inside her home and were not the result of an accident.

Police said the girl's mother and father were both unco-operative.

Oluwafemi was arrested in Ontario and escorted back to Calgary to face the charge.

Oluwafemi is originally from Nigeria and was working as a graduate engineer in the oil industry in Calgary, but moved to Keswick, Ont., to be near his family.

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