Dean Pritchard

Court reporter

A reporter for over 20 years, CBC Manitoba's Dean Pritchard has covered the court beat since 1999, both in the Brandon region and Winnipeg. He can be contacted at

Latest from Dean Pritchard

Home for the holidays, or yule in jail? Bail courts work overtime as Christmas countdown looms

Everybody wants to be home for the holidays. Nowhere is that maxim more apparent than in bail court three days before Christmas.

Drug overdose survivor among 1st in court for dealing fentanyl

In November 2016, Ashley Falconer woke up in a Winnipeg hotel room and found her high-flying, drug dealer boyfriend dead beside her, another in a growing number of fentanyl casualties.

Driver was drunk but not responsible for death of man beaten and left on road, lawyer argues

Desmond Spicer admits he was legally too drunk to drive when he ran over Dustin McKay as he lay unconscious on a Winnipeg roadway, but he should not be held responsible for killing him, his lawyer argued Wednesday.

'How dare you ask for my forgiveness': woman left permanently disfigured by attack

A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a violent attack that left a Main Street hotel worker permanently disfigured. Donald Loupelle, 45, previously pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault.

Man who directed sex abuse of 5-year-old over Skype gets 7 years

A Winnipeg man who directed the sexual abuse of a five-year-old U.S. boy over Skype has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

'You must acquit': Guido Amsel did not send bombs, lawyer says in closing arguments

The lawyer for a man accused of sending letter bombs to his ex-wife and two Winnipeg law firms said the Crown has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Accused letter bomber alleges conspiracy and 'fabricated' evidence, blames ex-wife for explosions

Accused mail bomber Guido Amsel testified in his own defence Wednesday.

Winnipeg man's murder was 'vicious revenge killing,' judge says as teen pleads guilty

A Winnipeg teen has received a maximum youth sentence of seven years custody and community supervision for what a judge described as the "vicious revenge killing" of 20-year-old Canon Beardy.

4 bombing incidents part of same case, rules judge in Guido Amsel trial

A judge hearing the case of Guido Amsel has ruled there are enough similarities and linkages connected to four bombing events that she can conclude they are not coincidental and are the responsibility of the same person.

4 bombs delivered to targets associated with Guido Amsel no coincidence: Crown

Four bombs targeting three people associated with Guido Amsel share too many similarities to have been the work of different people, prosecutors argued Monday.

2nd attack in 27 minutes was death blow: Judge

Travis Chief wasn't the first person to assault Henry Kipling the night he died, but a judge rejected his claim it was the first attacker who should be held solely responsible and convicted him Monday of manslaughter.

Defence attacks witnesses' credibility, calls arrest of cop on harassment, assault charges 'a tragedy'

A lawyer for Remi Van Den Driessche, the Winnipeg police officer accused of using his position to assault and harass two sex trade workers, said Friday the evidence of the alleged victims was riddled with inconsistencies and could not be trusted.

Cop accused of harassment, sexual assault says he approached women as sources, not for sex

When Remi Van Den Driessche approached two sex-trade workers on the street, it was because he wanted to establish connections and sources, not because he wanted to sexually assault or harass them, he told court Thursday.

Teen pleads guilty to 1st-degree murder in death of girl, 11, on Manitoba First Nation

A Manitoba teen has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the slaying of an 11-year-old girl during a sexual assault on a northern Manitoba First Nation.

Judge acquits man he says was likely 'involved in some fashion' in 2013 Johnny G's shooting

A Winnipeg man is a free after a judge acquitted him Wednesday in the February 2013 gang-on-gang murder of William Moar inside a Main Street eatery.