Convicted drug trafficker wants father to speak for him in civil suit

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Convicted drug trafficker wants father to speak for him in civil suit

A Charlottetown man who is serving time in prison on drug trafficking charges was back in court recently to try to get approval for his father to act on his behalf in a lawsuit related to his arrest.

Sebastien Didier Ayangma is suing the City of Charlottetown and several officers involved in his arrest as part of the Operation Clean Sweep drug investigation.

That investigation saw police arrest about 40 people and seize $400,000 in drugs.

Ayangma was found guilty of trafficking cocaine and sentenced in October to two-and-a-half years in prison.

He is appealing his conviction, arguing the police didn't have reasonable grounds to suspect he was dealing drugs.

An attempt to have his father act as his agent in the appeal was unsuccessful.

The lawsuit alleges false arrest and harassment by the police.

Ayangma's father, Noel Ayangma, presented arguments in court on Feb. 11 in an attempt to speak on his son's behalf in the civil lawsuit.

Noel told the court he attended a full year of law school and had legal training, although he didn't finish the program.

He said he wasn't seeking the right to practise law and wasn't charging a fee.

Instead, Noel said he wanted the right of audience, which would let him speak on his son's behalf.

David Hooley, the city's lawyer, argued Noel shouldn't be allowed to represent his son and said the rules of court in P.E.I. don't allow it.

Hooley said lawyers spend three years in law school and a year articling at a law firm to get further training before passing the bar exam.

It all acts as a safeguard to protect the public interest so people are properly represented, Hooley said.

Hooley also pointed out errors and omissions in the documents prepared in the lawsuit, which he said were mistakes a practicing lawyer would not likely make.

"If you can't get the little stuff right, can you get the big stuff right?"

After hearing the arguments, Justice Wayne Cheverie said he would give a written decision at a later date.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • Dealers beware
    February 18, 2016 - 10:14

    Maybe if you ever become a productive member of society the police will leave you alone ....

  • crotchety
    February 18, 2016 - 10:01

    He was already deemed to be an abuser of the courts, so would that not be reason enough to keep him out? If he's so smart, and has such a good case, why can't he get a real lawyer for his son?

  • A boy named Sue
    February 18, 2016 - 05:12

    Ah........ a whole full year of law school and every episode of Night Court on DVD, everything makes sense now. Yup, you're all set. I smell a PEI sitcom, please let him do this!! What should we call it?

  • Mike Mouse
    February 17, 2016 - 22:56

    We hope the provincial legal system will prevent this costly and pointless foolishness from continuing. The entertainment value of this travesty can only be measured in negative numbers. Drug trafficking is the lowest form of criminality.

  • Tax Dollars
    February 17, 2016 - 21:15

    Few families have wasted more court time and Island tax dollars than these two.

  • Paul
    February 17, 2016 - 15:09

    You must be kidding me. Now the father is an expert after taking a year of law school. He has defended himself at great cost to taxpayers and been penalized for making a mockery of the justice system and himself in the past. Put him where he belongs in the spectator seats with a silencer on his speech or next he will want to be a judge.

  • vick
    February 17, 2016 - 10:42

    How much more money has this family cost the tax payer now the City of Chtown tax payer on top!

  • Jokers wild
    February 17, 2016 - 09:55

    He should get more time wor wasting time and maybe when you become a productive member of society you will get the peace you think you deserve.

  • mutt
    February 17, 2016 - 09:53

    and the circus act goes on and on and on .................

  • Quiet Observer
    February 17, 2016 - 08:46

    Of course people can't be represented by anyone other than a lawyer. The LAWYERS have designed the system that way as a means of denying access to the courts to anyone other than the wealthy. There is no access to the legal system to the lay person who does not have 10s of thousands of dollars to spare - it is a system designed by the wealthy, for the wealthy.

  • Paul Gaudet
    February 17, 2016 - 08:44

    Why are we letting this family have an open forum to represent themselves. This will open the door for anyone to represent family in court matters and once the verdict is given and the family does not like the outcome they will come back with another argument that they were not represented properly and here we go again.

  • townie2
    February 17, 2016 - 08:25

    after seeing the headline, how did i know that was going to be the name of the plaintiff before reading the story?