21-year-old sentenced to federal prison term two years ago
Two years ago, Camille Strickland-Murphy was sent to a federal prison for committing an armed robbery.
Camille Strickland-Murphy is escorted out of Courtroom No. 7 Thursday after she made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John’s on charges laid in connection with an armed robbery.
— Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
On Thursday, she appeared in court to faces charges she tried to commit another one.
The 21-year-old was arrested Wednesday night for reportedly holding up an east-end Shoppers Drug Mart in the capital city.
Her gaunt appearance was much the same as it was when she was in court in 2012, except she has her hair dyed blonde.
Duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick and Crown prosecutor Danny Vavasour agreed to have Strickland-Murphy sent to the Waterford Hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
She’s due back in court today.
She faces charges of attempted armed robbery and breach of probation.
Police say Strickland-Murphy used a knife and other items as weapons while trying to rob the pharmacy.
She wasn’t out of prison long, having recently finished serving the required term of a federal sentence.
In June 2012, she was sentenced to two years in jail, with three years’ probation, for committing a violent robbery in April of that year.
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On April 3, 2012 dressed in her brother’s clothes, she approached a woman in her late 50s at the Scotiabank ATM in Churchill Square, grabbed her around the neck, held a knife to her throat and demanded money.
She made off with $300 and told the woman that if she called the police, she would kill her.
During that trial, she and her lawyer at the time, Peter Ralph, requested the federal term to allow her access to better psychiatric treatment.
The province’s top psychiatrist, Dr. Nazar Ladha, had testified that Strickland-Murphy suffers from several personality and psychiatric disorders, including social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder and anxiety.