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An RNC officer walks towards Building 12 on Wigmore Court in St. John's.
An RNC officer walks towards Building 12 on Wigmore Court in St. John's. - Kenn Oliver

Armed robbery suspect’s belligerent behaviour forestalls appearance

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

David (Wayne) Murray didn't last 30 seconds in a St. John's courtroom Wednesday before the judge ordered him out.

Murray was heard yelling and swearing before sheriff's officers even escorted him near the courtroom, where he was set to answer to charges related to an armed robbery that had occurred earlier in the day.

When Murray entered the courtroom in the same belligerent condition, the judge immediately sent him back to the holding cells.

Murray, 35, will make his next court appearance Thursday.

Murray is facing charges of robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats and four counts of breaching court orders, after he was arrested on Wigmore Court in St. John's Wednesday morning.

Police say officers were called to a report of an armed robbery on Kenmount Road shortly before 5 a.m. An armed man had entered a store and demanded cash from the clerk before fleeing the scene empty-handed.

The RNC says the responding officers identified Murray as the suspect, and located him at a residence in Wigmore Court, off Thorburn Road. Murray was taken to hospital before being transported to the city lockup later in the day.

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