Car­bon­ear man has hear­ing set over

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A Car­bon­ear man must wait to have new ev­i­dence en­tered into his case.

Michael Brian Bow­man was sup­posed to be at the provin­cial court house in Har­bour Grace on July 17 for a hear­ing to dis­cuss an ap­pli­ca­tion to re­open and en­ter new ev­i­dence.

How­ever, Bow­man’s lawyer, Peter Ralph, is on sick leave and was un­able to file the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The de­fense was sup­posed to have filed the ap­pli­ca­tion June 14, while the Crown would have un­til July 3 to re­view the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Ralph 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;

Bow­man is sched­uled to be in court for a sta­tus re­port on Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

At that time, new dates will be set for fil­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion and the sub­se­quent hear­ing.

Bow­man was not present in the court room.

Bow­man has pleaded guilty to the Aug. 20, 2012 armed rob­bery of a phar­macy in South River.

Com­pass file photo

Michael Brian Bow­man

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