Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(Sex-Doll-Trial)

The lawyer for a Newfoundland man acquitted of possessing child pornography in the form of a child-sized sex doll says his client suffered a difficult ordeal.

A provincial court judge ruled today that the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Kenneth Harrisson knew the doll delivered to his St. John's home in 2013 was child-sized.

Bob Buckingham says the case has weighed on Harrisson for six years and the strain showed when he collapsed in court while testifying in his own defence.

Buckingham says his client is relieved the matter is finally over but is advising people to be careful about what they order online.

(The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Liquor-Audit)

The New Brunswick government has ordered an internal audit of N-B Liquor -- just days after it was revealed an accounting issue had resulted in a huge payout of employee and management bonuses at the Crown corporation.

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says the Office of the Comptroller will begin the audit immediately and is to report back to the province by September.

He says the government is committed to protecting the interests of New Brunswickers.

N-B Liquor says it paid out almost 405-thousand dollars in extra sales incentive and executive bonuses at the end of 2017-18 because it had to add an extra week to the fourth quarter to comply with accounting procedures.

(The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Murder-Arson)

Police confirm that a 42-year-old man arrested in the death of a 71-year-old New Brunswick woman two-and a-half years ago is her son.

The R-C-M-P says Charles Alex Maltais (MALL'-teh) was taken into custody yesterday in British Columbia and will be brought before a New Brunswick court in the coming days.

He has been charged with second-degree murder and arson in the death of Lucille Maltais in October 2016.

Her body was found inside a home in Val-d'Amour after emergency crews responded to a fire that police later determined was deliberately set. …

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