Braidwood to stand trial on sex, gun charges
By TONY BLAIS, QMI Agency
|Adam Braidwood. (QMI file)
Former Edmonton Eskimo defensive lineman Adam Braidwood was ordered to stand trial Thursday on sex and gun charges from an alleged domestic assault.
Following a preliminary hearing in Provincial Court, a judge committed Braidwood, 27, to stand trial on charges of sexual assault, possessing a firearm while knowing the serial numbers had been removed, assault, uttering death threats, possession of a loaded prohibited weapon, careless use of a firearm and breach of a bail condition.
The case will be heard in Court of Queen’s Bench and Braidwood’s next appearance is slated for Feb. 3.
There was a ban on publication of the evidence heard at the preliminary hearing and Braidwood, who was earlier granted bail on the charges, was not actually in court.
Police arrested the professional football player, who has also competed in cage fighting, on Dec. 3, 2010, at a residence near 118 Avenue and 87 Street in relation to the alleged Dec. 2, 2010, domestic assault.
He was then hit with further charges, including sexual assault, on Jan. 6 stemming from the same incident.
Braidwood, the first overall CFL draft pick in 2006, is also facing weapons-related charges in Port Coquitlam, B.C. relating to an incident in September.
Police there say Braidwood was arrested and taken to hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound, after shots were fired in a residence located along the community’s annual Terry Fox Run route.
Braidwood, who was released by the Eskimos on April 21, first got into legal trouble in November 2010 when he and two others were arrested in Stony Plain and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful confinement.
Mounties say a witness reported seeing an abduction on Nov. 19 in Spruce Grove and police later found two males standing outside a vehicle with two men inside.
A 20-year-old man outside the vehicle was shirtless with injuries to his arms and legs and was taken to hospital.
Braidwood, Shane Bergstrom, 25, and Taylor Kurtz, 23, were arrested and later released on cash bail.