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Ottawa lawyer Michael Spratt to represent NWT man charge with murder

Almost three years have passed since the death of 22-year-old Breanna Menacho and a trial date has just officially been set for the man accused of murdering her.

Devon Larabie appeared by video at the N.W.T. Supreme Court in Yellowknife on Monday, where his judge alone trial is now scheduled for Nov. 14.


Michael Spratt, an Ottawa-based lawyer, is now representing him.

The cost is being covered by the federal government as part of a law requiring the courts to provide legal representation for an accused to ensure a right to a fair trial.

The legal precedent also allows accused to retain lawyers that don’t practice in the N.W.T. Spratt, however, has worked in the N.W.T. previously.

Spratt’s website bio says he appears as an expert witness before the House of Commons and the Senate, providing expert evidence on criminal law policy and legislation.

Spratt will appear in court on Jan. 30 to discuss a pre-trial motion on the warrantless search of Larabie’s residence.


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