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Toronto man accused of elder abuse of mother due back in court May 12

A Toronto man accused of forcing his mother to live in a freezing uninsulated garage in the winter will remain in custody until May 12, when he will appear in court in person.

Kwong Yan was supposed to appear in court today by video but a power outage at the Metro West Detention Centre forced the matter to be put over.

Yan has been in custody since he and his wife Qi Tan surrendered to police on Feb. 25 on charges of failing to provide the necessities of life and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

Two days earlier, Yan’s 68-year-old mother, whom police allege suffers from dementia, was found unconscious and suffering from frostbite in an east-end garage.

Defence lawyer Jack Pinkofsky is now representing Yan in the case which sparked debate about elder abuse issues.

Tan was released on bail last month and she will also reappear in court May 12.

Tan’s lawyer Haiyun Wang (wong) said outside court today she received new disclosure comprised of five DVDs and some paperwork from the Crown that she will examine between now and the next court date.