Charges dismissed against co-accused in jewelry robbery case

Andrew Robinson
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Charges against two people accused of committing a robbery earlier this year on Frecker Drive in St. John’s have been dismissed.

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

Judge Pamela Goulding rendered her decision Wednesday morning at provincial court in St. John’s after Crown prosecutor Danny Vavasour told the court discrepancies between trial evidence presented and what police were told by the victim of the crime made it impossible to expect convictions. He then asked the judge to enter acquittals for each of the accused.

The matter revolved around plans by the victim to sell a gold chain to a person with whom he exchanged text messages in January. The 19-year-old victim and two other men drove to a house on Frecker Drive on Jan. 17, 2013, as part of an arrangement to meet a buyer who responded to an ad on the classifieds website Kijiji.

The victim previously told the court the chain had a value of $2,600.

He said two people approached his vehicle when they arrived on Frecker Drive — a woman carrying a small bat and a man holding a knife.

By the end of the incident, the victim no longer possessed his gold chain and all three occupants of the car were reportedly ordered to empty their pockets.

However, the victim failed on multiple occasions to identify the co-accused as the same people who committed the robbery.

In July, Vavasour asked him if he could identify in the courtroom the man who robbed him that night. The victim said he could not. He offered the same remark when asked about the woman. Murphy and Squires were both present in court that day.

On Wednesday, the victim was cross-examined by defence lawyers for the case. Arnold Hussey, the lawyer representing Squires, asked the victim if his client was the man who robbed him. The victim said no. Kevin Baker asked the same question with respect to his own client, Murphy, and the victim offered the same response.

Another man who was in the car that night told the court Wednesday that the perpetrators had their hoods up, therefore he could not describe what they looked like.

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