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Accused bank robber's court delay 'not good enough,' St. John's judge says

Provincial Court, Atlantic Place, St. John's.  — Telegram file
Provincial Court, Atlantic Place, St. John's. — Telegram file
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The legal delay accused bank robber Travis Wade has experienced since his arrest last fall is unacceptable, a provincial court judge said Friday.

Wade, 33, appeared in court via videolink from Her Majesty's Penitentiary and told Judge Paul Noble he hasn't spoken to a lawyer in months.

"How long have you been in custody?" Noble asked Wade.

"Since November," Wade replied.

"OK, that's not good enough," Noble responded. "This is not acceptable to the court. Someone's got to have a chat with you and it's got to happen before next Friday."

"OK, make it happen," Wade said.

Noble scheduled Wade's next appearance for Friday.

Wade is one of two men charged in connection with holding up the TD Bank on Kelsey Drive, demanding cash from employees, forcibly confining a person and assaulting two people with a knife and a shotgun. His co-accused, Adam Hayden, allegedly fired a shot into the ceiling during the robbery before the pair escaped.

Wade was arrested after the two robbery suspects crashed their pickup on nearby O'Leary Avenue while trying to make their getaway on slippery snow-covered roads.

Hayden reportedly ran away and attempted to carjack a couple on Kenmount Road, pointing the gun at the driver and assaulting him with it. The driver was an off-duty RCMP officer, who held Hayden until officers arrived to take him into custody.

Hayden, 31, has indicated he plans to plead guilty and go straight to sentencing when he appears in court again May 29.

Wade has not yet indicated how he wants to deal with his charges.

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