David Joseph Evans was in provincial court in St .John’s today for the conclusion of his bail hearing. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
A 19-year-old Mount Pearl man suspected of holding up seven businesses has been released from jail.
David Joseph Evans was granted bail following his two-day bail hearing, which wrapped up today in provincial court in St. John’s.
Judge Colin Flynn made the decision after hearing final arguments from defence lawyer Nick Westera and Crown prosecutor Jason House.
Evans faces a total of 21 charges — seven each of armed robbery, having his face masked and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public (a knife).
When he was first brought to court last week, he was charged in connection with only one armed robbery — at Needs Convenience on Barbour Drive in Mount Pearl on May 15.
However, earlier this week, 18 additional charges were laid for another six suspected holdups.
Evans is now accused of holding up the same Needs store three other times the previous week — on May 1, May 5 and May 7.
He’s also charged with armed robberies at Marie’s Mini Mart in Conception Bay South on May 6, K and D Grocery in Paradise on May 10 and Barbour’s Convenience in Mount Pearl on May 14.
Evans was released from custody with several conditions. They include that he report to RNC twice a week, abstain from drugs and alcohol and that he adhere to a curfew.
The judge ordered him to stay away from all the businesses he’s accused of holding up and told him he could not leave the province. He’s also banned from having any weapons.
He’s due back in court June 12.