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Man to stay in jail while awaiting bail hearing

Craig Pope at provincial court earlier this month.
Craig Pope at provincial court earlier this month.

Accused of second-degree murder, Craig Pope will remain behind bars for now to await a bail hearing. 

Pope, 31, appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Monday morning via videolink from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, his second court appearance since being arrested in connection with the stabbing death of Jonathan Collins, 36, on Sept. 7.

Pope’s defence lawyer is awaiting disclosure from the Crown, and the case will be called again Oct. 4, when a date may be set for a bail hearing.

Pope is accused of stabbing Collins to death during an altercation on Alderberry Lane. Police say Collins was found unconscious outside just before 3:30 p.m. Paramedics attempted to revive him and he was taken by ambulance to hospital, and later succumbed to his injuries.

Police believe Collins was stabbed with a knife, though they have not confirmed whether or not it has been recovered.

Pope, whom police believe left the area in a taxi, was arrested shortly afterward and charged with second-degree murder as well as two breaches of court orders.

Police say the two men knew each other, and the incident wasn’t a random act.

Collins, a father of two, was laid to rest last Thursday. 

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