Adam Stagg de­nied fit­ness as­sess­ment

Crown lawyer says too much time has passed

The Compass - - News - Chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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Adam Stagg faces six charges fol­low­ing a rob­bery case that took place in Au­gust of 2016.

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