Jen­nine Porter pleads guilty in Car­bon­ear date-jack­ing case

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The woman ac­cused of lur­ing a man to a se­cluded spot in Car­bon­ear where he was sub­se­quently robbed en­tered a guilty plea in court last Wed­nes­day.

Jen­nine Porter, 31, en­tered the plea through her lawyer on a sin­gle-count charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence of robbery.

The Crown agreed to conditionally with­draw four other charges — ex­tor­tion, robbery, as­sault with a weapon and pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose.

A pre-sen­tenc­ing report on Porter, who had a listed ad­dress in Car­bon­ear at the time of her arrest, will be pre­pared in ad­vance of her sen­tenc­ing hear­ing set for June 21 at 1:30 p.m.

She is cur­rently in cus­tody at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s.

Po­lice al­leged Porter and a man from Win­ter­ton ar­ranged to meet up dur­ing an on­line chat. Af­ter she was picked up in his ve­hi­cle, they al­legedly parked on a road off O’Driscoll’s Lane in Car­bon­ear.

There, three men re­port­edly robbed him be­fore flee­ing. When Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion RCMP first re­sponded to the in­ci­dent, Porter was treated as a fel­low vic­tim.

A sub­se­quent po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sulted in the arrest of Porter and three oth­ers — Troy Dob­bin, Adam Stagg and a youth who can­not be iden­ti­fied. Dob­bin and Stagg both pleaded not guilty.

The lat­ter’s three-day trial be­gins April 17, while Dob­bin’s won’t get un­der­way un­til Dec. 5. Jen­nine Porter at Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court in Septem­ber of 2016.

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