Accused assailant remains in custody


Chris Dederick will remain in custody at the Baffin Correctional Centre after his bail request was denied on July 18.

Dederick, 33, faces a count of aggravated assault in connection with a beating in Iqaluit that sent Dale Pearce, 50, to hospital with head injuries.

Justice of the Peace Bill Riddell rejected Dederick’s release request based on his failure to follow past court orders.

“Is he at risk of breaching his conditions? Yes, [his court] record says there is a risk and I cannot ignore the record,” Riddell said.

Pearce died a week after the beating. The Crown expects to raise the charge to manslaughter following the results of the autopsy, the court heard. The autopsy is expected to be complete in September.

A no-contact order between Dederick and his girlfriend was lifted at the bail hearing.

Dederick’s next court date is Sept. 9.

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