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‘Do I have to go back to the pen?’: Moccassin asks judge

NORTH BATTLEFORD – Marty Moccasin only had two months parole left when he was arrested and put back in custody.

Twenty-eight-year-old Moccasin made his first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court Monday on new charges and asked the court, “Do I have to go back to the pen?”

Judge Kevin Hill told Moccassin he could place him on dual remand. This means that he is a serving prisoner federally and provincially and can go to either facility.

Court heard that Moccasin was on statutory release conditions. If a parolee breaks parole conditions while on statutory release they are usually sent back to the penitentiary.  New arrests go to provincial facilities where they are remanded in custody while waiting for trial. Moccasin told the court that he wants to be sent to a provincial facility.

“I only have two months left,” Moccasin said about the length of his parole remaining.

Following an RCMP Gang Task Force investigation, Battlefords RCMP, with assistance from the RCMP provincial and municipal General Investigation Sections, Moccassin was arrested Sept. 24 in North Battleford.

Police say Moccasin fled from them on Sept. 9 and again on Sept. 23 when they tried to stop him for violating his parole. Moccasin is now charged with two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of flight from police, possession of property obtained by crime, and being unlawfully at large.

He is scheduled back in court Oct. 12 and is expected to appear by CCTV from the correctional centre.

The Crown is opposed to his release.

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