01/10/2013 04:00 EST | Updated 03/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Sentencing hearing for navy officer guilty of espionage delayed for three weeks

HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia judge has granted a three-week delay for the sentencing hearing of a navy officer who pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia.

Provincial court Judge Pat Curran adjourned the matter until Jan. 31 because of a medical issue that prevented the federal prosecutor from attending Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle's case today in Halifax.

Delisle's lawyer Mike Taylor told the judge he didn't object to the application, but outside court he said his client is eager to have the case completed.

Delisle came to the courthouse in a sheriff's van, but he did not appear in court.

He pleaded guilty in October to breach of trust and passing information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada's interests.