Charge stayed against former Legion bartender Leaman

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A charge against a Yellowknife woman accused of stealing from the local Legion branch has been stayed.

Hellen Leaman, 49, had been arrested alongside 42-year-old Mary Charles on January 30.

But the charge of theft over $5,000 facing Leaman was stayed in court earlier this week.

Staying the charge is roughly the equivalent of withdrawing it, with the important distinction that a stayed charge can be reintroduced within the following 12 months (though this is unusual).

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The Legion had accused both women of theft to the value of more than $60,000 over a period of six months.

“We went to view our video tapes and I saw there were grounds for the RCMP to be called,” Lloyd Lush, president of the Legion branch, told us at the time.

“I feel good but I still think it was wrong,” Leaman, who worked as a bartender at the Legion, told the Yellowknifer newspaper this week.

“I’ve been trashed, my name has been trashed. It’s going to be hard to get a job.”

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At the time of her arrest, Leaman initially appeared to dispute the charge on Facebook but later did not comment when contacted by Moose FM.

The charge against Charles remains and that case continues.

Crown prosecutors do have the option of reintroducing the charge against Leaman within the next 12 months, but admit a conviction is not likely.

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