The preliminary inquiry for two men suspected of holding up a convenience store in the capital city a few months ago will be held in the spring.
Eric Douglas Squires and William Peter Edwards both appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday.
Squires appeared via videolink from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary and was represented in court by lawyer Ken Hollett. Edwards, who was freed on bail shortly after the men were arrested, was there in person with his lawyer, Mary Boulos.
Boulos asked Judge Colin Flynn for a postponement to allow her more time for discussions with her client. However, Hollett said since his client is behind bars, they are anxious to move the case along as quickly as possible.
Hollett elected to have the case tried by judge alone in Newfoundland Supreme Court.
Since the two men are jointly charged, Squires’ election must be the same.
The defence lawyers, along with Crown prosecutor Jennifer Colford, agreed to set the preliminary inquiry for March 24-25. The inquiry is a hearing that determines whether or not there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Squires and Edwards were said to have had their faces masked when the walked into Marie’s Mini Mart on Elizabeth Avenue in November and demanded money. Squires reportedly had a knife.
Squires faces charges of armed robbery, being disguised with intent to commit a crime, mischief by damaging property, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, uttering threats, breaching an undertaking and breaching probation.
Edwards is charged with armed robbery, being disguised with intent to commit a crime, one count of assault and two counts of breaching probation. The latter three charges are in connection with an unrelated incident.