Crown accuses defendant of faking illness

A local man found guilty in October of sexually assaulting a minor will undergo an assessment to determine if he's fit to make it to the end of court proceedings.

The lawyer for 28 year old Mario Levesque asked for an adjournment Wednesday, telling the court he was unable to have a meaningful conversation with his client since he arrived in court and that he did not appear to understand what was happening.

But the Acadie-Nouvelle reports the Crown objected to the adjournment, accusing Levesque of faking it.

The Crown told the judge it had been dealing with Levesque for quite some time and that he has been sick in court before but has failed to ever present the appropriate paperwork proving his illness.

Levesque was found guilty on charges of sexual assault and sexual touching stemming from incidents that take place between 2010 and 2012 in Petit-Rocher and Madran.

He'll return to court on December 14th for the results of his assessment.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)