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New court documents reveal one player facing additional charge

Published February 1, 2024 at 5:09 PM
BY JOSH
As of this week, all five members of Team Canada's 2018 World Junior's team have officially been charged by London Police. All five members of the team face the same charges, but today it was revealed that Michael McLeod of the New Jersey Devils is facing an additional charge.

Rick Westhead revealed the following details today.

New: Court documents obtained by @TSN_Sports and @CTVNationalNews confirm Dillon Dube, Alex Formenton, Carter Hart, Michael McLeod and Cal Foote have all been charged with s***** assault.

"Dillon Dube on or about the 19th day of June in the year 2018 at the City of London in the Southwest Region did commit a s***** assault on E.M., contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code of Canada."


The document repeats the same allegation against each of the other four players and says McLeod is also facing an additional charge of s***** assault for "being a party to the offence."

All of the players have said they will plead not guilty and the allegations against them have not been tested in court.
The players were arrested on Jan. 26 and their next appearance date is Feb. 5, according to the documents.


Fans have speculated that McLeod may have been the player to send the initial text, but at this time nothing has been confirmed. Under Canadian Law "being a party to the offence" means the following:

In section 21 of the Criminal Code of Canada, the term «party to an offence» refers to a person who is directly involved in the commission of a criminal offence. This can include the person who actually carried out the offence, as well as anyone who aided, abetted, counselled, or procured the commission of the offence.

The five are expected back in court on February 5th according to documents.
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