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Allan Potter going to trial on assault charge

Allan Potter, 55, makes a Vikings Motorcycle Club salute as he awaits the judge at the start of his murder trial in St. John’s Friday morning. Potter is expected to testify on Tuesday.
Allan Potter. – Telegram file photo
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Having been convicted of first-degree murder by a jury last month, Allan Potter is set to go to trial on an unrelated charge this fall.

Defence lawyer Randy Piercey entered a not guilty plea on Potter's behalf to an assault charge when the matter was called in provincial court in St. John's Wednesday morning. Potter, who is in custody at Her Majesty's Penitentiary waiting to be transferred to Springhill Institution in Nova Scotia, was not present in the courtroom.

The assault is alleged to have happened on Oct. 4, 2017, while Potter was in Her Majesty's Penitentiary awaiting his murder trial. The assault trial will take place in September.

Potter, 55, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years after a jury found him guilty March 8 of murdering 39-year-old Dale Porter of North River in June 2014. A second man has also been charged with the murder, but has yet to go to trial.

Potter has since appealed his conviction on a number of grounds, including that the verdict is not supported by evidence.

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