Tyson Cave's lawyer asks to withdraw from Halifax boxer's assault trial

The lawyer for a Halifax boxer charged with aggravated assault related to an alleged bar fight has asked to be removed from the case because he says he can't reach his client.

Tyson Cave is scheduled to go on trial later this month in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on charges stemming from an incident in Lower Sackville, N.S., on New Year's Day 2014.

On Thursday, his lawyer, Paul Calderhead, told a Halifax judge he's been unable to contact Cave to prepare for the trial, despite sending him two messages by courier. He asked to be removed from the case.

Justice Patrick Duncan said his inclination was to allow the trial to go ahead as scheduled. Duncan said the trial has already been rescheduled twice and he wasn't prepared to let it happen again.

Duncan said sheriffs will be sent to find Cave and order him to appear in court. The judge said he'll even issue a warrant, if necessary. He said a decision on whether Calderhead will be able to withdraw as his lawyer will have to wait until Cave appears in court.