Accused armed robber found mentally fit for trial

Rosie Mullaley
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A man accused of committing two armed robberies within a week has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

William Macaulay is escorted into provincial court in St. John’s Monday. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

William Macaulay was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday after a weekend psychiatric assessment.

Lawyers agreed to have him return to court on Friday for a bail hearing.

The 42-year-old, who smiled as he was led back to jail, faces six charges — two counts each of armed robbery, wearing a disguise with intent to commit a crime and breaching court orders.

On Sept. 29, Macaulay reportedly entered an Esso service station on Newfoundland Drive and demanded cash.

He was said to have gotten away with an undisclosed amount of money.

On Friday evening, police said Macaulay held up Family Drug Mart on Portugal Cove Road, which is across the street from the Esso station he was said to have previously robbed. He allegedly demanded narcotics.

Police arrived at the pharmacy shortly before

6 p.m. and arrested Macaulay at the scene.

Macaulay was said to have used a knife and worn a mask in both incidents.

Macaulay is no stranger to the justice system.

In 2008, he was given a six-year jail term for an attempted armed robbery at Queens Road Convenience in downtown St. John’s.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Esso

Geographic location: Newfoundland Drive, Portugal Cove Road

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