Lack of lawyer holds up cases for Pitts, Burden in Kentville court

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A Kentville man facing child porn charges still has no lawyer.

There was little movement in the ongoing case of Jason Troy Pitts, who was back in a Kentville courthouse Feb.3 for his 15th appearance on a variety of child pornography and sex-related charges.

The 38-year-old Kentville resident had been ordered back before Judge Alan Tufts to enter pleas to multiple charges of making, distributing and possessing child pornography and conspiracy to commit sexual assault. All of Pitts’ crimes are alleged to have occurred between June 2011 and January 2012.

But the fact that Pitts has yet to secure defense counsel continues to hold up the judicial process. As a result, no pleas were entered and Tufts ordered Pitts to return to court Apr. 14 for a status report.

Also back in court Feb. 3 was a Port Williams man charged in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud.

Gregory Paul Burden, 64, is facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and multiple counts of uttering forged documents. The offences were alleged to have occurred between September 2006 and April 2012.

Burden, whose first appearance in court was in December 2013, informed the court Feb. 3 he is seeking alternate counsel. He was ordered to return Mar. 24 to enter a plea to the charges, laid last fall after a 16-month investigation into an allegation of banking and investment fraud against the Royal Bank of Canada by two Nova Scotia companies owned and operated by Burden. 

Organizations: Royal Bank of Canada

Geographic location: Kentville, Port Williams, Nova Scotia

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