Charges dropped in Old Perlican pharmacy break-in case
A recent court ruling that the rights of four suspects in a 2015 pharmacy break-in were violated has dashed the prosecution’s hopes for any convictions.
Alyssa Bridget Buckmaster, Lailynd Vince Grandbois, Blair William Summers and Lloyd Scott White faced multiple charges linked to drug offences and break and enter.
When their case was called in Harbour Grace Provincial Court last Thursday, Crown prosecutors informed the judge they had no evidence to present. As a result, Judge Bruce Short agreed to dismiss all charges.
The four suspects were arrested on the Trans Canada Highway June 23, 2015 near the Rod and Gun Club. Earlier that morning, RCMP received a call about a break-in and theft at a pharmacy in Old Perlican.
Short’s ruling last month on the Charter application meant some evidence previously linked to the case would need to be excluded if it went to trial.
Summers and White still have unrelated matters before the court set for Feb. 6 in Harbour Grace. Summers faces multiple charges in relation to break-ins at several other pharmacies in the Trinity- Conception area. A two-day preliminary inquiry is scheduled for March.
From the left, Blair Summers, Lailynd Grandbois, Lloyd White, and Alyssa Buckmaster at Harbour Grace Provincial Court in June of 2015.