David Adrian fraud trial set to continue in December

David Matthew Adrian

A provincial court trial for David Matthew Adrian of Warman, who is charged with defrauding an elderly couple of more than $135,000 over an 18-month period in 2015 and 2016, is set to continue on December 4 and 5, 2018.
Warman RCMP charged Adrian with one count of Fraud Over $5,000 after a lengthy investigation triggered by a complaint from Bernard (Ben) and Tina Bueckert of Warman.
The trial began April 17, 2018, in Saskatoon Provincial Court, but was adjourned after three days of testimony when Adrian, who was representing himself, suddenly decided he wanted legal counsel. Adrian is currently in custody at the provincial Correctional Centre, where he has been lodged since April 17.
At a provincial court hearing on Thursday, June 28, in Saskatoon, Adrian appeared via video link from a secure facility. He indicated he is now represented by a private lawyer contracted through Legal Aid.
At the June 28 court hearing, Adrian’s lawyer, Blaine Beaven, requested the trial judge preside at a bail hearing for Adrian. The date for the bail hearing is set for Tuesday, July 10.
Adrian has already been denied bail once at a previous bail hearing, held in mid-April in front of a different judge.
In addition to the Fraud Over $5,000 charge, Adrian is also facing three other charges, including two counts of failing to appear in court. The fourth charge, which was recently added to the docket, is one count of Breach of Probation dating from February, 2018, relating to his alleged failure to pay restitution on a previous fraud conviction.
Crown Prosecutor Darren Howarth expressed concern over yet another delay in the trial.
“The Crown was prepared to have the trial completed in April,” said Howarth.
During three days of trial testimony in April, court heard from Crown witnesses Tina and Ben Beueckert, Warman RCMP Constable Aaron Rushton, Brian Bueckert and Randall Dyck. The Crown’s case suggests that Adrian used a variety of fraudulent ploys to obtain money from Ben Bueckert’s account at the Warman branch of Affinity Credit Union as well as cash from both Ben and Tina, from March, 2015 until August, 2016.