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British man’s bail hearing on child sex charges delayed, Digby woman yet to appear

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A British national accused of trying to make arrangements with a Nova Scotia woman to have sex with her teenage daughter will remain behind bars for at least two more weeks.

Leon Paul Fraser, 44, of Algarkirk, England, was arrested Oct. 5 at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

He’s charged with making an arrangement to commit the offences of sexual interference and sexual assault on a person under the age of 16 and one count of making child pornography – sexually explicit images involving a girl.

Fraser was supposed to have a bail hearing Thursday in Dartmouth provincial court but his new lawyer, David Bright, said he needs time to put together a release plan.

At the request of the defence, Judge Alanna Murphy adjourned the hearing until Oct. 25 and remanded Fraser back to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

Prosecutor Perry Borden said the Crown will oppose Fraser’s release at the bail hearing.

Police allege Fraser committed the offences Oct. 3 in Digby County.

Meteghan RCMP arrested the girl’s mother, a 40-year-old Digby County woman, on Oct. 4. She faces similar charges as Fraser.

The woman was released on conditions and will appear in Yarmouth provincial court Jan. 4.

Fraser, who is married with children, lives in the U.K. but works in Nova Scotia. He was apprehended by police as he was about to leave the country.

The woman cannot be named because of a publication ban on the identity of her daughter.

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