Former Burns Lake Mayor’s Trial pushed a second time
Smithers Courthouse, Photo Courtesy: Taylor Chartrand
Luke Strimbold- Village of Burns Lake
The trial for former Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold has been pushed back once again after a court hearing this morning in Smithers.
Both parties appeared via teleconference and the trial has been decided to resume on June 19th, due to additional information coming from the RCMP.
Both parties agreed on the later date with no debate, and the court proceedings wrapped up as quickly as they began.
This is now the second time the proceedings have been pushed back, as the original court appearance on April 6th was moved to today (May 15th) due to lack of preparedness from both sides of the trial.
Strimbold was arrested and released from RCMP custody in early February on several conditions, including a ban from public areas where people under 18 years old are nearby.
The allegations he faces go as far back as 2016 and identities of the victims are under a publication ban.
The 28-year-old was first elected Burns Lake mayor in 2011, the youngest person in BC and the second youngest in Canada to win the position at the age of 21.
He abruptly left in September 2016 and also resigned from the BC Liberal Party Executive after details of his allegations were released.