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Robert Lutczyk is seen here when he was a councillor with the City of Oshawa.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Originally slated to begin at the end of January, the trial for Robert Lutczyk, charged with kidnapping and weapons offences in connection with an incident in October 2012, has been pushed to this fall.

Assistant Crown attorney Ngai On Young informed The Oshawa Express of the delay, but could not comment on why the trial has been pushed back. A publication ban prevents reporting on details shared during pre-trial motions.

A request for comment from the attorney general’s office was not returned prior to press time.

Since January, the case has been passing through pre-trial motions. This process allows both Lutczyk and the crown to address issues with the case prior to trial.

The trial was originally planned to begin on January 26, when pretrial motions stretch out, that date was pushed to the spring, and has once again been pushed back.

Lutczyk has been in custody since the time of the incident in 2012 when he allegedly kidnapped Oshawa city solicitor David Potts, following which a 27-hour standoff with the Durham Region Police ensued.

All charges against Lutczyk must still be proven in court.