Robbery victim fails to identify co-accused in court

Andrew Robinson
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The victim of a robbery earlier this year failed to identify the co-accused in court on Tuesday after previously selecting both of them in separate photo lineups.

Amanda Murphy, 27, and Julian Matthew Squires, 25, each face two counts of robbery.

The charges relate to an incident in the Cowan Heights area of

St. John’s on Jan. 17, 2013, when Murphy and Squires allegedly stole a gold chain from the victim after responding to an ad on the classifieds website Kijiji.

It’s alleged the pair arranged to meet with the victim at a property on Frecker Drive.

While testifying at the trial for Murphy and Squires in St. John’s provincial court, the 19-year-old man who was selling the gold chain  indicated a crime took place.

He said the gold chain weighed 78 grams and was worth approximately $2,600. He drove a vehicle to the property on Frecker Drive expecting to meet the potential buyer he exchanged text messages with.

Upon arriving at the house and parking in the driveway with two friends seated alongside him, the victim said a man and a woman came out from the right side of the property.

He said the woman was carrying a small bat that was about the size of a ruler, while the man had a knife.

The victim said the man put the gold chain in his pocket and ordered the three people inside the car to empty their own pockets.

Murphy and Squires, both remanded in custody, were present in court Tuesday.

When asked by Crown prosecutor Danny Vavasour if he could identify the man who robbed him that night in the courtroom, the victim looked around and said he could not.

Vavasour later asked him if the woman involved in the robbery was in the courtroom, and the victim again said no.

Earlier Tuesday, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const. Karen Reynolds testified the victim identified both of the accused in separate photo lineups conducted on Jan. 25. In each case, she found the victim appeared to be confident in making his selection.

Before either of the lawyers representing the accused could cross-examine the victim, Vavasour told Judge Pamela Goulding following a short break that all parties agreed it would be best to postpone the trial. Vavasour said he intends to file an application with the court.

The case will return to court for a status update on Aug. 5.

The court was told Murphy and Squires will appear by videolink on that date.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Const.

Geographic location: Cowan Heights

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