Nova Scotia

Attempted-murder trial for Steven Laffin

A Nova Scotia man accused of murdering a sex worker will stand trial for allegedly attacking another prostitute last summer.

A Nova Scotia man accused of murdering a sex worker will stand trial for allegedly attacking another prostitute last summer.

Steven Laffin's preliminary inquiry wrapped up Wednesday in Nova Scotia Provincial Court in Halifax.

He was committed to stand trial on charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, uttering threats, forcible confinement, and kidnapping.

The charges stem from an incident in August 2010 when a woman says she was picked up by Laffin in the Halifax suburb of Spryfield.

She told CBC News last fall that Laffin attacked her, bound her with duct tape and stuffed her in the trunk of his car. She managed to escape as the car drove along the Old Sambro Road. The woman admitted she was working as a prostitute on the night in question.

Laffin has already elected trial by judge and jury. He is scheduled to be back in court next month to set trial dates. Until then, he remains at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

Laffin faces a charge of second-degree murder in the disappearance of Nadine Taylor, who also worked as a prostitute in the Halifax area.

Taylor, 29, was reported missing on July 31. Her fiancé said she went out to make a phone call because she didn't have a phone at home, and never returned.

In September, police said they were investigating Taylor's disappearance as a homicide. Though her body wasn't found, police said they had physical evidence and information from witnesses that led them to Laffin.

Laffin is due in court next January for a preliminary inquiry in the Taylor case. Eighteen days have been set aside for the hearing.

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