Troy Dobbin pleads not guilty in Car­bon­ear date-jack­ing case

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - TC ME­DIA edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

An al­leged rob­bery plot tar­get­ing a man who thought he was only out on a date will be the sub­ject of at least two tri­als.

Last Wed­nes­day, Troy Dobbin en­tered not guilty pleas through his lawyer at Harbour Grace Provin­cial Court. The 19-year-old from Car­bon­ear, who re­mains in cus­tody along with three other adult sus­pects in the case, ap­peared Feb. 8 by vide­olink.

Dobbin is charged with rob­bery, as­sault with a weapon, ex­tor­tion, pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, and con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence, as are Adam Stagg and Jen­nine Porter.

Last Au­gust, those three and a youth who can­not be iden­ti­fied were ar­rested in Car­bon­ear af­ter po­lice were called to a park lo­cated just off from O’Driscolls Lane. It’s al­leged a man from Win­ter­ton out on a date was lured there and robbed.

Stagg pleaded not guilty last Novem­ber. His three-day trial is set to be­gin in April. In­stead of set­ting trial dates for Dobbin, Judge Bruce Short sug­gested lawyers han­dling the case should con­firm with each other how much time they’ll need. Dobbin’s case re­turns to court March 8.

Porter, who has not en­tered any pleas, is due back in court this Wed­nes­day, Feb. 15. The youth was re­leased from cus- tody on an un­der­tak­ing shortly af­ter his ar­rest.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Troy Dobbin en­ter­ing the court­house in Harbour Grace.

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