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Bank robbery case a complicated matter, St. John's court hears

Travis Wade, 33, appeared in provincial court in St. John's Saturday morning.
Travis Wade, 33, at court in this file photo.

The case against accused bank robber Travis Wade is “a complicated matter” involving a lot of witnesses and forensic information, the court heard Thursday.
Wade, 33, has asked for a preliminary inquiry in his case, and his lawyer indicated he was hoping to schedule two days in court for that to happen. However, the Crown asked for more information from the defence before she was willing to agree to schedule the hearing. 

“This could take anywhere from two days to five days,” prosecutor Tannis King told Judge David Orr. “I need to know what his issues are.”
Orr scheduled the matter to be called again on April 26, at which time the preliminary inquiry will be set.

Wade is one of two men charged with holding up the TD Bank on Kelsey Drive last November, 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 a number of unrelated theft charges before the courts, to which he has entered guilty pleas.

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https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/accused-bank-robbers-court-delay-not-good-enough-st-johns-judge-says-298689/

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