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Date not yet set for Mearow conditions hearing

He made a brief appearance in court this morning
The Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse is pictured in this file photo. Michael Purvis/SooToday

Eric Mearow made a brief appearance in court Monday where his matter was put over until next week to set a date for a hearing of a Crown application to place him on restrictive conditions.

Mearow — one of three local men convicted last year of manslaughter in the 2011 slaying of Wesley Hallam — was released from custody on Friday after serving his sentence.

He will return to court Dec. 11 to confirm a date for the hearing.

The Crown is seeking a peace bond with restrictions on his freedom to ensure the safety of the victim's family and witnesses and the protection of the public.

Mearow indicated to Ontario Court Justice John Condon that he is represented by Ariel Herscovitch, the Toronto lawyer who was his defence counsel during the Hallam proceedings.

When he was released on bail Friday, the justice of the peace placed him on a number of conditions, including no communication with a number people, no weapons and a requirement where he must reside.

Mearow, Ronald Mitchell and Dylan Jocko were charged with first-degree murder in January 2011 after Hallam's dismembered remains were found in a creek.

The 27-year-old died from a fatal stab wound to his neck at a Jan. 8 party at Wellington Street East residence.

The three accused pleaded guilty to manslaughter in July 2016.

Mitchell, who was sentenced to 22 months jail,  was placed on a peace bond in October when he was released from custody.

Mearow and Jocko each received a sentence of two years less a day.

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