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Preliminary inquiry starts in triple attempted murder case

Defence lawyer Mark Gruchy (foreground) and Crown prosecutor Jude Hall prepare for the start of the preliminary inquiry into the triple attempted murder case of David Loveys in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday.
Defence lawyer Mark Gruchy (foreground) and Crown prosecutor Jude Hall prepare for the start of the preliminary inquiry into the triple attempted murder case of David Loveys in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday.

After being delayed by a day, the preliminary inquiry into the triple attempted murder case of David Loveys got underway in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday morning.

Loveys, 22, is charged with trying to kill three people with a vehicle on Bartlett Place last year. Two of them received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and the third was treated in hospital and released. 

Loveys had originally been charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon. The more serious attempted murder charges were filed four months later, after a more extensive police investigation.

In total, Loveys now stands charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and three counts of uttering threats.

The preliminary inquiry — held to determine if there is enough evidence for a case to go to trial — is expected to conclude Thursday. 

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