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One on bail, one detained in alleged St. John's home invasion case

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A man and woman who were arrested together after a home invasion in Kilbride Friday had opposite outcomes when their case was called in provincial court Tuesday.

April Warford, 29, was granted bail and released on a number of conditions to attend her next court date, while James Purcell, 39, was denied bail and will stay behind bars until his case is called again.

The couple has been ordered to have no contact with each other.

Purcell and Warford were arrested after the RNC was called to a residence on Bay Bulls Road early Friday morning, where an armed man and woman had reportedly forced their way in. The suspects had then run from the scene.

Purcell and Warford were taken into custody nearby shortly after the incident. They have both been charged with two counts of robbery and one count each of break and enter with intent, assault with a weapon, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Purcell is also facing three charges of breaching court orders.

He has prior unrelated charges still before the court of assaulting a peace officer, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, causing a disturbance, mischief by diverting suspicion and failing to abide by a probation order.

Purcell was convicted of manslaughter in Ontario in 2011 for the death of a three-year-old boy two years previously. The child, who was the son of Purcell's then-girlfriend, died of brain damage after Purcell injured him. Purcell had originally been charged with second-degree murder, but the charge was reduced after he made a plea deal with the Crown. He was sentenced to about 7 ½ years in prison, minus 3 ½ years credit for the time he had spent on remand.


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