Convicted Calgary businessman Ken Carter could learn his fate in stalking case in a month

Calgary businessman Ken Carter leaves court in Calgary on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Jim Wells / Postmedia

Wealthy Calgary businessman Ken Carter could know as early as April 1, whether he’ll be heading off to prison for his role in the stalking of his ex-girlfriend.

In a case involving police corruption as officers took payments to do computer searches to assist in surveillance of Akele Taylor, Carter is the last person still before a trial court on the matter.

Lawyers appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench Friday to set April 1 at the next date in the lengthy, ongoing case.

On that date, defence lawyer Gavin Wolch will either make further arguments as to whether Carter’s recent health problems should reduce what would otherwise be an appropriate punishment, or Justice Glenn Poelman will sentence Carter.

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Carter, 59, was convicted in October 2018 of criminal harassment for hiring current and past Calgary police members to conduct intense surveillance on his ex-girlfriend, Taylor, during a child custody dispute.

But he failed to show up for his sentencing hearing last June after being hospitalized with a health problem during a visit to Russia, which kept him overseas until December.

He was taken into custody upon his return but has since been released on bail pending Poelman’s sentencing decision.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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