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Human trafficking case tossed after Crown witness doesn’t show

The court has granted a public interest arrest warrant for Franklin Dale McKay of Greenwood.
A human trafficking case against Franklin Dale McKay, 29, of Greenwood, has been dismissed after the Crown’s main witness did not show up in court Jan. 14. McKay remains in federal custody while he serves a seven-year sentence for his role in a violent home invasion in Kentville that occurred Jan. 4, 2018. - Contributed

Franklin Dale McKay, 29, currently serving federal time for non-related conviction

KENTVILLE, N.S. – A human trafficking case has been dismissed after the Crown’s main witness did not show up for the trial.

Franklin Dale McKay, 29, of Greenwood, was present in Kentville provincial court Jan. 14 when the case against him was thrown out after the Crown offered no further evidence, and each of the four human trafficking charges he was facing was dismissed.

McKay had pleaded not guilty to all charges at his plea hearing July 31, 2018.

He remains in federal custody after receiving a seven-year sentence April 19, 2018 for his role in a violent home invasion and robbery on Jan. 4, 2018 in Kentville. He was also handed an additional six months in custody for other non-related charges of dangerous and impaired driving and drug possession charges stemming from a 2017 incident.

McKay was sentenced to serve a total of seven years and 30 days in custody, minus 52 days served on remand, and remains under a lifetime ban on firearms, ammunition and explosive substances and a 12-year driving prohibition.

With files from Kirk Starratt.

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