Charges Go Forward in ClubLink Case

Thanks to reader Craig for tipping me off to coverage of the ClubLink/Mulcahy case.

The case involving Tyler Mulcahy, the 20-year old who died in a car accident along with two others after drinking at the Lake Joseph Club, is going in front of an open court on Nov. 5. According to a newspaper account, the pretrial motions have been kept under wraps until this point.

As you’ll recall, ClubLink’s board of directors, including majority owner Rai Sahi, founder Bruce Simmonds and others, were all charged by police earlier this year. At the time the high-profile manner in which the charges were fashioned and the resulting media coverage seemed to be indicating the police were making an example of the case. Two former senior executives at ClubLink were also charged, but those charges were later dropped when the police realized their error.  Needless to say this incident is being watched very closely by those in the golf industry.

Here’s the report from the Bracebridge Examiner:

In early January, Bracebridge OPP pressed charges against 16 officers, directors and seasonal employees associated with the Lake Joseph Club and ClubLink. Those charges include permitting drunkenness on the property and serving an intoxicated person. Charges against two of the individuals were later dropped after it was discovered they did not work for the organization at the time of the accident.

The case has gone through numerous pretrial hearings, which are closed to the public, including one last Friday in Bracebridge.

During that meeting it was determined that representatives of ClubLink will be in open court in Bracebridge on Nov. 5, where the matter will be spoken to.

The manager of food and beverage and two servers from the Lake Joseph Club will appear in front of a judge on March 12, 2010, for a status hearing.

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  • Fortunately our legal system will find and prosecute all those responsible for this event.. all the Clublink execs and staff working there that day, The brewery who made the beer, The company who built the windy road, The guy who painted the line on the road, The company who built that car involved, the mechanic who worked on the car ect. ect. ect
    Why is nobody responsible for their “own” actions anymore? why is it everyone elses fault? The driver made several mistakes that day that led to this tragic result. That should be the end of the story.
    Why ruin the lives of execs who weren’t on the property that day and the service staff working there that summer trying to save up for school? It wont bring anyone back. It will only drag others down and share the suffering.
    100% of the blame goes to the driver and the people who got in that car with him.

  • I agree 100% with sadman. Take resposibility for your life. This is getting insane with the pass of blame. I feel very sorry for the family of the kids who lost their lives. The bar staff and owners of the establishment must feel awefull. this is a tradegy for all involved.

  • We offer resources and educational materials to help prevent these types of tragedies … and then you don’t have to worry about whose fault it is after the fact.

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