Derek Lovatt says prosecution has strong case against alleged bank robber

After a bail hearing on Wednesday, Derek Lovatt, Meghan Melnyk’s defence lawyer, said that it’s unlikely that the former Mount Royal University students’ association president’s case will go to trial.

“It remains to be seen, but the Crown certainly had an opinion about how strong its case was,” Lovatt said.

As of Thursday, Lovatt would not comment on any plea or legal strategy, since he’s still considering their options and he’s not sure if more evidence will be presented.

On Feb. 29, a woman entered a Servus Credit Union branch in southeast Calgary. The woman told the teller that she had a weapon and demanded money.

As the suspect fled, bank employees were able to get a license plate number and police later found the vehicle with Melnyk inside.

Melnyk faces a number of charges, including armed robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon and committing an indictable offence while being disguised.

Melnyk’s bail hearing was held on March 7, and she is now under house arrest at her aunt’s home in Didsbury.

Some of the restrictions of her bail consist of staying on the grounds of her aunt’s residence, staying away from any Mount Royal University campus and staying away from bars with video lottery terminals.

There are, however, exemptions to her house arrest, such as attending medical appointments.

-Also see: Mount Royal students’ association hands over file on Meghan Melnyk to police

 rkadri@cjournal.ca