Grave desecration trial deals with new charge

The back entrance to the courthouse in Brockville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – A trial for a woman accused of desecrating a child’s grave has been halted as Leeds County O.P.P. deal with a new charge against the accused.

Katherine Collins, 27, of Brockville (previously Elizabethtown-Kitley) started a scheduled two day trial on Monday (Oct. 23) in a Brockville court on a single charge of committing an indecent act.

In September 2016, police started an investigation after learning two people had urinated on the grave of a three-year-old boy at the Oakland Cemetery on County Road 2.

On Monday, Leeds County O.P.P. say they started an investigation after they learned “an accused person (had) made an attempt to influence a witness.”

Collins was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice.

She will appear in a Brockville court on Nov. 24, 2017 to answer to this latest charge.

As for the trial, the matter has been adjourned until Friday (Oct. 27) to set a new date to hear the judge’s decision.

A co-accused in the case, Haley Peyman of Kingston, Ont., had her charge resolved two weeks ago by way of a peace bond, according to court records.