Regina court judge agrees to Gladue report for Lyall Anaquod

A Gladue report has been ordered for a man found guilty of shooting at police during a lengthy standoff in 2017.Lyall Marlin Anaquod, 43, was convicted last month of a range of offences, including discharging a firearm, pointing a firearm and uttering threats to kill police officers.The case was set over to this week so defence lawyer Adam Fritzler could look into what was involved in getting a Gladue report, which would take a deep look into Anaquod’s background as an Indigenous man and how that background contributed to his involvement in the criminal justice system.Gladue reports look at details of an Indigenous offender’s life, as well as broader systemic factors that play a role in bringing an offender into conflict with the law — factors such as poverty, racism, substance abuse and the impact of residential schools.While courts are required to consider Gladue factors for Indigenous offenders, full Gladue reports are not always completed. Fritzler noted while a pre-sentence report was completed in this case, it didn’t contain sufficient insight into Anaquod’s behaviour in terms of Gladue issues, leading him to ask Judge Dennis Fenwick to adjourn sentencing to allow for the completion of a complete Gladue report.Fenwick agreed, although he expressed concern over the three to four months the would-be report writer requested. Fritzler pointed out report writers in this instance — employed through the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council — have a lot on their plates, likely the reason they’d requested more time.Fenwick granted the adjournment request and set sentencing for Dec. 4.Anaquod was found guilty in relation to a 10-hour standoff that took place Oct. 23, 2017, on the 1100 block of Elphinstone Street. Court heard Anaquod narrowly missed being shot after he fired at a member of the SWAT unit. Several other shots were fired from inside the house, for which Anaquod was found responsible.The situation ended only after police deployed numerous canisters of tear gas.hpolischuk@postmedia.comtwitter.com/LPHeatherP

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