Adam Stagg denied fitness assessment
Crown lawyer says too much time has passed
Adam Stagg requested a fitness assessment through his lawyer in provincial court in Harbour Grace Thursday afternoon.
Stagg, who is facing charges of robbery, extortion, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, appeared via video call for a status report on his case.
Stagg was arrested alongside Troy Dobbin, Jennine Porter, and a 15-yearold male on Aug. 30, 2016 following a robbery on O’Driscoll’s Lane in Carbonear.
In early November of 2016, Stagg pleaded not guilty to all six of his charges.
Stagg’s lawyer passed along his request for a fitness assessment, but said he felt uncomfortable commenting further on the request.
Crown lawyer Paul Thistle said that he felt as though Stagg’s request was impractical, as Stagg has had ample time to request such an assessment, and that nine months into the case was not the ideal time to carry out a fitness assessment.
Judge Bruce Short agreed, adding that Stagg seemed to understand the nature of his case and all matters involved.
Short went on to deny Stagg’s request, and scheduled another status report for June 21 at 9:30 a.m. to give Stagg and his lawyer a week to discuss the case further.
A three-day trial is set for Stagg on July 11, 12 and 14.
Adam Stagg faces six charges following a robbery case that took place in August of 2016.