Two date-jack­ing sus­pects may be will­ing to avoid tri­als

Lawyer for woman ac­cused of lur­ing vic­tim still awaits text-mes­sag­ing ev­i­dence

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON TC ME­DIA ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­

It ap­pears two sus­pects in the case of a man al­legedly lured to the scene of a rob­bery by his date may be will­ing to avoid tri­als.

Troy Dob­bin and Jen­nine Porter were both called to Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court last Wed­nes­day. The two sus­pects in the Car­bon­ear date-jack­ing case have re­mained in cus­tody since their ar­rests in late Au­gust.

They’re charged with ex­tor­tion, rob­bery, as­sault with a weapon, pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose (a knife) and con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence. Dob­bin is also fac­ing a sin­gle-count charge of fail­ure to com­ply with a pro­ba­tion or­der.

De­fence lawyer Bar­bara Barker, who is rep­re­sent­ing the 19-year-old male from Car­bon­ear, told Judge Bruce Short dis­cus­sions to po­ten­tially con­clude the mat­ter have been tak­ing place with Crown pros­e­cu­tor Paul This­tle, though she added the is­sues at play re­main com­plex. Dob­bin’s case re­turns to court Jan. 25, 2017.

Lori Sa­vory, the lawyer for Porter, 30, an­tic­i­pates her client’s case will be dealt with by speedy dis­po­si­tion next time around, which sug­gests Porter will plead guilty.

How­ever, Sa­vory added she couldn’t fully ad­vise her client on how to pro­ceed with­out see­ing the text-mes­sag­ing evi- dence. This­tle told the court the re­lease of this ev­i­dence would likely hap­pen at some point in Jan­uary.

Short set over Porter’s case un­til Feb. 15. 2017.

Po­lice al­lege Porter lured her date, a man from Win­ter­ton, to a park in Car­bon­ear dur­ing the early hours of Aug. 30. That’s where three men robbed the vic­tim, who then con­tacted po­lice.

Dob­bin and Porter’s fel­low co-ac­cused, Adam Stagg, 33, pleaded not guilty last month and was in court last Tues­day.

His three-day trial was sched­uled to start in May of next year. Find­ing new holes in the court’s sched­ule, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Stagg and the Crown were able to book three new dates in April — the 17th, 18th and 20th.

A 15-year-old youth from Car­bon­ear also charged in the case was re­leased on a re­cog­ni­zance in Septem­ber.

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