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Stephenville man still doesn’t have a lawyer

['Jamie Stagg on his way into Stephenville Provincial Court on Tuesday.  Star photo by Frank Gale']
Jamie Stagg is pictured in this undated file photo on his way into Stephenville Provincial Court. - SaltWire File Photo
CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

The case of a Stephenville man charged with violent crimes is stalled again due to the man not having a lawyer.

Jamie Stagg told Corner Brook provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman on Thursday that he still didn't have a lawyer since being charged in November.

Stagg, 40, who is from Stephenville, appeared via video conference from Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John’s with Gorman in Corner Brook and the Crown and court clerk appearing via teleconference from Stephenville.

Stagg is facing charges of assault with a weapon, sexual assault with a weapon and unlawful confinement, that are alleged to have occurred in Stephenville on Nov. 18, 2020.

He told Gorman Thursday that he had made attempts to contact private lawyers, but was now waiting for his file to be transferred to the legal aid office in St. John’s as his matters would be a conflict for the Stephenville legal aid office.

Stagg has yet to have a bail hearing and asked Gorman if a review could be moved to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador because his intention is to be tried by a judge and jury in the higher court.

Gorman said a bail hearing would have to take place in the provincial court.

His remand in custody has been mutually continued at each of his past court appearances.

Stagg’s next appearance was set for Jan. 22 in Stephenville. Gorman told him his matters could be called earlier if he gets a lawyer before that date.

Stagg has a criminal record that includes a conviction in 2010 and 38-month sentence for endangering the life of a peace officer after he struck a police officer with his car in November 2009.


Diane Crocker reports on west coast news.

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