06/17/2015 15:51 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Judge denies Pickton's brother's bid for sexual-assault lawsuit to be postponed

VANCOUVER - A judge has denied an application from the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton to postpone a civil lawsuit alleging he threatened to rape and kill a woman more than two decades ago.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross says her decision acknowledges serious concerns raised by the woman's social worker about the likely impact a postponement would have on her mental health.David Pickton applied earlier this month for an adjournment due to a scheduling conflict for his lawyer, Ian Donaldson.The seven-day jury trial is set to begin next Monday.The woman's lawyer, Jason Gratl, contested the application, telling the court Donaldson had ample opportunity to prepare and that it would be a unfair to adjourn his client's trial for a fourth time.A notice of civil claim filed in November 2013 alleges Pickton sexually assaulted the woman on a construction site in August 1991 before threatening to rape and kill her.