New evidence to be entered in Bowman case
Lawyer filling out application to reopen
A Carbonear man must wait to find out his fate after his lawyer started the process to enter new evidence on his behalf.
Michael Brian Bowman was to be sentenced on May 16 at the provincial courthouse in Harbour Grace.
However, Bowman’s lawyer Peter Ralph stated he wished to file an “application to reopen.”
This means Ralph has requested the opportunity to enter new evidence into the proceedings in hopes of gaining a lighter sentence for his client.
The defence had been pushing for the mandatory minimum sentence of four years for his client’s charges, which include the following:
• use of a firearm in committing a robbery; • being disguised with intent; • pointing a firearm; • and possessing a weapon or imitation for a dangerous purpose;
Ralph was also looking for his client to receive 1.5 days for his time served. Bowman has been in custody for eight months.
It was unbeknownst to Ralph that Bowman, while in custody with the Trinity Conception RCMP, began the detoxification process and was brought to both the emergency room at Carbonear Hospital and a local physician for treatment.
“I’m applying to reopen because I don’t think we have an accurate picture of the severity of Mr. Bowman’s addiction,” said Ralph.
The Crown is not committing to reopening.
Judge Jacqueline Brazil seemed hesitant, stating she would like to see “the matter concluded,” but will allow Ralph to submit the application.
Ralph will now have until June 14 to file the application, while the Crown will have until July 3 to review the application.
Both sides will discuss reopening on July 17.
Bowman has pleaded guilty to the Aug. 20, 2012 armed robbery of a pharmacy in South River.