Guelph Olympic torch relay protest assault case to resume next month

September 29, 2010
GUELPH — The pre-trial for a woman charged with assault in last December’s Olympic torch relay protest will continue on Oct. 13.

Kelly Pflug-Back, 21, wasn’t in court Wednesday but her lawyer, Stephen Gehl, was present for the continuation of a pre-trial, which began in September.

Pflug-Back is charged in an incident that saw a scuffle unfold with a police officer, who was running alongside the torchbearers, as part of the security detail.

Torchbearer Cortney Hansen was tripped in the incident and fell to the ground while carrying the flaming relay torch.

Pflug-Back has insisted she was punched in the face by an RCMP officer when protesters encountered the torch relay. However, following a Guelph Police investigation, police said there was insufficient evidence to back up her claim.

Pflug-Back also faces 13 criminal charges, including mischief over $5,000, conspiracy and intimidation of a justice official, connected to damage at the G20 summit in Toronto June 26. The charges have yet to be dealt with.

In August, she was released on $80,000 bond to her parents and must live under strict house arrest with them in Norwood, Ont.

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