Paris LaRoche, 26, charged in relation to the death of Sidney Mantee, 33, had a date in provincial court in Nanaimo June 1. Mantee was reported missing in October 2020. (News Bulletin file)

Paris LaRoche, 26, charged in relation to the death of Sidney Mantee, 33, had a date in provincial court in Nanaimo June 1. Mantee was reported missing in October 2020. (News Bulletin file)

Preliminary inquiry may be delayed until new year in case of missing Nanaimo man’s murder

Paris Jayanne LaRoche faces charges of murder, indignity to human remains in Sidney Mantee case

A preliminary inquiry for a woman charged with her ex-boyfriend’s murder will be rescheduled, possibly until next year.

Paris Jayanne LaRoche, 26, was charged in March with murder and indignity to human remains in relation to the case of Sidney Mantee, who was 33. The preliminary inquiry, which determines if there is sufficient evidence for a trial, was set for Oct. 3-7, but Glen Orris, defence counsel, reported a scheduling conflict.

An adjournment application was filed by Robyn Young, appearing on behalf of Orris, in provincial court in Nanaimo Wednesday, June 1 and granted by Judge Sheila Archer.

Jan. 23 was tentatively set as a start date, but had not been confirmed. A date is expected to be established next week.

Nick Barber, Crown counsel, did not take a position in the matter.

Mantee’s family, who reside in Saskatchewan, reported him missing in October 2020. The related police investigation included searches of an apartment in central Nanaimo as well as waters near Pipers Lagoon and Neck Point parks.

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