Court order revised

The 18-year-old facing a second degree murder charge for the death of his brother, Edison Thomas, is allowed to have contact with his parents again

  • Oct. 4, 2011 7:00 p.m.

The 18-year-old facing a second degree murder charge for the death of his brother, Edison Thomas, is allowed to have contact with his parents again.

Anthony Williams was in court via video link from the Vancouver Island Corrections Centre on Monday when he was granted contact with his parents.

At his first appearance last Thursday, Crown counsel Bruce Goddard requested a no-contact order between Williams and four witnesses – two of which are his mother and father – which was granted by Judge Peter Doherty.

On Monday, defence attorney Angie Penhall opposed the no-contact order.

“He’s 18, he’s overwhelmed,” Penhall told court. “He indicated he really wanted to speak with his parents.”

Doherty said it was not “appropriate” to disallow Williams contact with his parents, and granted the request.  Police responded to a report of assault last Wednesday at 2:10 a.m. at a home at 1815 Mo Road. Thomas, 33, was rushed to Campbell River hospital where he died a couple of hours later. Last Thursday, Goddard told court that witnesses reported a stabbing. Williams’ next court appearance will be Mon. Oct. 17.

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