Duo committed to stand trial
Two young people accused of plotting to shoot shoppers at a Halifax mall have been committed to stand trial on several charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.
A preliminary hearing, which lasted a total of three days, wrapped up Thursday for 23-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 21-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax.
A routine publication ban prohibits reporting what was heard during the hearing to ensure the accused receive a fair trial.
They have also been charged with conspiracy to commit arson, illegal possession of dangerous weapons and making a threat through social media.
The Crown alleges the two accused, along with a 19-yearold man found dead in his Halifax home, had planned to attack the Halifax Shopping Centre on Valentine’s Day. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
“We have a strong case to go forward on,’’ Crown attorney Mark Heerema said outside court.
Judge Anne Derrick told the court the accused are expected to appear in court Aug. 6 for a pre-trial hearing.
Outside court, Heerema said the pair would face a jury trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
He said it was unclear when the trial would be held, but he suggested that it would likely take up several weeks in the fall of 2016.
He said the files disclosed by the Crown to the defence include hundreds of thousands of pages, many of them screengrabs from social media sites.
Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath arrives at provincial court for a preliminary hearing in Halifax earlier this month. Souvannarath and Randall Steven Shepherd are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a plot to open fire at a Halifax shopping mall.