Trial date set for Michael Nehass

A trial date has finally been set for a man who is accused of assaulting a Watson Lake woman, threatening her with a knife and threatening to kill her family.

A trial date has finally been set for a man who is accused of assaulting a Watson Lake woman, threatening her with a knife and threatening to kill her family.

Michael Nehass, 30, has spent the last three years in jail.

His Supreme Court trial by jury, originally scheduled for March, has now been set for May 11-15.

Yesterday, a clean-shaven Nehass appeared in court via video link from the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

He acknowledged the trial date and was agitated for most of the hearing, making comments about various conspiracy theories.

His mental health has received a lot of public attention.

Last July, a Yukon territorial court judge found him unfit to stand trial.

The Yukon Review Board later reversed that decision. It ruled Nehass understood the process, the possible consequences and could communicate with a lawyer.

Since being locked up, Nehass has racked up charges for assaulting jail staff, destroying jail property and attempting to escape.

In November, he pleaded guilty to five territorial court charges he has accumulated while in jail, though he said he did not agree with the Crown’s version of events.

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