The Crown and a judge urged a man – accused of drug trafficking after Stratford police said they found six pounds of weed in a vehicle during a roadside sobriety checkpoint – to hire a lawyer.
Dinh Nguyen, a 47-year-old Burlington resident, was charged this past December but has yet to retain counsel. Federal Crown prosecutor Denis Harrison indicated it’s time to make some progress on that front.
Ontario Court Justice Allan Maclure agreed.
“The prosecutor has rightly indicated that you need to start moving on this,” Maclure said to Nguyen through a Vietnamese interpreter.
During a previous appearance, duty counsel William Thorn said the accused could “really use” the assistance of legal aid. When he returned this week, the interpreter said Nguyen went to the legal-aid office with a friend to assist with the language barrier. Duty counsel Karl McNamara said Nguyen will likely need to find a lawyer online first and then finish the application.