Woman accused in Grand Falls-Windsor murder granted bail

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on March 13, 2014
Pamela Pike is escorted at court in Grand Falls-Windsor in this TC Media file photo.

A woman charged in the first-degree murder of a Harbour Round man in Grand Falls-Windsor last year has been granted bail.

Pamela Pike was freed from prison this afternoon after Justice Wayne Dymond agreed to a long list of release conditions. The St. John’s judge rendered his decision on bail Wednesday.

Dymond and St. John’s defence lawyer, Jon Noonan, appeared in Newfoundland Supreme Court in Grand Falls-Windsor via video link from Supreme Court in St. John’s.

The conditions of Pike’s release include that she post a $20,000 surety.

She must also report to RCMP in Grand Falls-Windsor three times a week, adhere to a curfew and abstain from drugs and alcohol. She’s also not allowed to enter any establishment that serves alcohol or have any weapons.

The judge also ordered her to continue counselling for substance abuse.

The 32-year-old is also forbidden to have any contact or communication with 11 people, including co-accused Wanda Ash.

Pike is due back in Grand Falls-Windsor provincial court on April 2 for election and plea.

Pike and Ash are accused of murdering Jason Skinner on April 14, 2013.

The 34-year-old was found in critical condition in a Grand Falls-Windsor residence on 18th Avenue, which is operated by a local homelessness network. He later died in hospital.

Skinner’s family said he had been accepted into a rehab facility and was staying in Grand Falls-Windsor while waiting to enter rehab when he was murdered.

According to a Facebook profile that belonged to Skinner, he graduated from Cape John Collegiate in La Scie in 1997, and had previously lived in St. John’s.

While Noonan handled Pike’s bail hearing, her counsel of record is Bob Buckingham.

Buckingham is focusing on an application to have the Attorney General pay Pike’s legal fees for a private lawyer.

A hearing to argue that issue is scheduled to begin June 15 in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Ash is also expected back in Grand Falls-Windsor provincial court on April 2, at which time a decision on her preliminary inquiry is expected.

The inquiry was held to determine whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial.

The 35-year-old, who is represented by defence lawyer Arnold Hussey, withdrew her application for bail.

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