For the fifth time, the court case of a young couple accused of causing life-threatening injuries to their newborn child has been delayed.

 

Defence lawyers for Ashiqur Rahman and Jane Gomes, both 23, asked for more time to look over evidence yesterday afternoon at Halifax provincial court. Rahman and Gomes are each facing one count of aggravated assault.

 

Both were arrested on July 23 after their seven-week-old daughter, Aurora Breakthrough, was sent to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax with serious injuries. She died four days later.

 

The case has been repeatedly delayed since the beginning. But that cycle should come to an end at the couple’s next appearance in Halifax provincial court on Dec. 14. Election and plea is scheduled for that date, as well as a bail hearing for Gomes.

 

In the meantime, the two have been remanded to the Burnside jail.

Both Gomes and Rahman made a brief court appearance yesterday. They sat next to each other showing little outward emotion, and Rahman had shaved his head since his last appearance in mid-October.

The couple, originally from Bangladesh, were staying in Canada on student visas and had studied Computer Science at Acadia University, but were living on Gottingen Street above Emporium at the time of the incident.