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Fraud case adjourned

A man charged with multiple counts of fraud had his trial date adjourned and set over to a later date.

Craig Archibald Ayers was set to go to trial on Monday morning for multiple fraud under $5,000 charges and to address a slew of different unrelated fraud charges but the court did not hear his case. Ayers had dismissed his lawyer last Thursday because he didn’t feel like his lawyer had enough experience. On Monday he applied to remove his lawyer as his counsel. He also asked to have his case adjourned so his new lawyer could be brought up to speed.

Ayers was set to face charges of fraud relating to writing bad cheques on Monday morning. The trial was scheduled to last all day and five witnesses had been brought in to testify.

The trial date was selected on July 24 and his lawyer was hired in January 2017.

Ayers was also going to speak to the fraud under $5,000 charges relating to a rental scam.

Ayers is charged with 41 counts of fraud under $5,000, 15 counts of obtaining credit by a false pretence or by fraud and one count of fraud over $5,000.

In August 2016, Ayers was arrested and charged with 13 counts of fraud following complaints of a rental scam.

In June 2016, police received two separate complaints of rental property fraud.

Two people said they had viewed apartment #69, 113 Eastgate Way and each paid a $1,500 damage deposit. They each signed a lease for July 1.

The Shaw Communications fraud department alerted the duo after several people had requested hook-ups at the same unit for the same date.

Ayers will be coming back to court on Monday Oct. 2 and the judge ordered he needed new counsel by then. On Nov. 3 Ayers has a pre-trial conference scheduled and all of his matters will be back in court on Nov. 6.

Ayers will go to trial for the rental fraud charges on April 4 and 5 of 2018.

Murder charges put over

The woman who is accused of killing a St. Albert senior made her seventh appearance in court on Monday.

Beryl Musila, 28, appeared in the St. Albert Provincial Court by CCTV and her case was adjourned until Oct. 2 when she is expected to enter a plea.

Musila has not spoken to bail yet.

Musila has been charged with first-degree murder and indignity to human remains in the death of 75-year-old Ron Worsfold.

Worsfold went missing on Friday, June 7 and investigators found his body on Sunday, June 9 in a rural area of Parkland County.

Musila made her first appearance in a Sherwood Park court on Wednesday July 12.

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