The sexual assault case involving local business owner Richard Lowes has been deferred for a 27th time.
In March 2021, Lowes was charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference with a person under the age of 16.
Mark Evans, lawyer for the accused, appeared in Welland virtual court on Friday morning, March 24, to ask the judge to adjourn proceedings for another week so he can get the necessary paperwork in order.
The case set is set to appear in court again on Friday, March 31, at which time it is expected that a trial date will be set.
A court-ordered publication ban is in place, prohibiting the release of names of the victims.
Lowes owns and operates the Country Corner Market, at Quaker Road and Line Avenue in Fonthill, and has supported numerous charitable causes in Pelham and Niagara with food donations in the past.