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An alleged robbery plot targeting a man who thought he was only out on a date will be the subject of at least two trials.
This morning, Troy Dobbin entered not guilty pleas through his lawyer at Harbour Grace Provincial Court. The 19-year-old from Carbonear, who remains in custody along with three other adult suspects in the case, appeared Wednesday by videolink.
Dobbin is charged with robbery, assault with a weapon, extortion, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, as are Adam Stagg and Jennine Porter.
Last August, those three and a youth who cannot be identified were arrested in Carbonear after police were called to a park located just off from O’Driscolls Lane. It’s alleged a man from Winterton out on a date was lured there and robbed.
Stagg pleaded not guilty last November. His three-day trial is set to begin in April. Instead of setting trial dates for Dobbin, Judge Bruce Short suggested lawyers handling the case should confirm with each other how much time they’ll need. Dobbin’s case returns to court March 8.
Porter, who has not entered any pleas, is due back in court next Wednesday, Feb. 15. The youth was released from custody on an undertaking shortly after his arrest.