WINNIPEG — It will be at least another week before a Manitoba judge decides whether former fashion mogul Peter Nygard should remain in jail after expressing concerns over aspects of his bail plan.
Justice Shawn Greenberg told court the issue she has is with the role of one of Nygard’s sureties. Greenberg expressed in court serious concerns with his testimony.
Nygard has been charged with sex trafficking in the United States and his lawyers argue he should be freed, in part because he’s at risk of contracting COVID-19 in custody while awaiting possible extradition.
On Wednesday, a prosecutor fighting to keep Nygard, 79, behind bars told court there’s not enough at stake in the bail plan to dissuade Nygard from breaching conditions.
“One of the main issues is that we have no substantial information as to what Nygard’s means are,” Scott Farlinger, a lawyer for the Attorney General of Canada, told court.
Farlinger argued Nygard ultimately owns a $989,000 Winnipeg home he wants to live in under house arrest if he’s released — the same home put up for his bail.