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Deer Lake man who violated his parole is still in custody

Ricky Halfyard
Ricky Halfyard

CORNER BROOK — With a Deer Lake man’s parole already suspended, his lawyer told provincial court on Thursday that the issue of judicial interim release is irrelevant at this time.

Ricky Halfyard, 32, is in custody at the West Coast Correctional Centre in Stephenville.

He was arrested on Sept. 30 following a planned traffic stop and search of his residence, and charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm where prohibited and unsafe storage of a firearm.

At the time Halfyard was on parole after having served a portion of the five-year sentence he received in April 2018 for his role in a 2017 violent, drug-related home invasion in Reidville.

Halfyard and Judge Kari Ann Pike appeared in court in Corner Brook via teleconference. Federal Crown attorney Andrew May and Halfyard’s lawyer, Gary Kearney, appeared in person in Courtroom Number 2.

When Halfyard’s matter was called, May informed the court the he does not yet have complete disclosure on the charges.

Kearney then requested the matter be set over for two to three weeks.

That prompted Pike to note Halfyard is in custody and to ask if that was too long of a delay.

That’s when Kearney said the issue was not relevant, because Halfyard has to complete his sentence due to the parole violation.

Pike set the matter over to Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

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