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Adam Stagg pleads not guilty in date-jacking case

['Adam Stagg is accused of taking part in an armed robbery targeting a man who thought he was out on a regular date.']
['Adam Stagg is accused of taking part in an armed robbery targeting a man who thought he was out on a regular date.']

A suspect in the alleged plot to rob a man lured to a park in Carbonear while out on a date is prepared to go to trial.

Adam Robert Stagg of Carbonear pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six charges — extortion, robbery, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (a knife), conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and failure to comply with a probation order.

Stagg, Troy Dobbin, Jennine Porter and a 15-year-old youth were arrested Aug. 30 in Carbonear, the same day Harbour Grace RCMP responded to a call about the robbery.

The male victim and Porter were out on a date at the time and stopped his vehicle by a park near O’Driscoll’s Lane. That’s where three men approached the vehicle and robbed the victim.

At first, officers treated Porter as a victim, but that changed as the investigation continued.

Adam Robert Stagg of Carbonear pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six charges — extortion, robbery, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (a knife), conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and failure to comply with a probation order.

Stagg, Troy Dobbin, Jennine Porter and a 15-year-old youth were arrested Aug. 30 in Carbonear, the same day Harbour Grace RCMP responded to a call about the robbery.

The male victim and Porter were out on a date at the time and stopped his vehicle by a park near O’Driscoll’s Lane. That’s where three men approached the vehicle and robbed the victim.

At first, officers treated Porter as a victim, but that changed as the investigation continued.

From the left, Adam Stagg, Troy Dobbin and Jennine Porter are charged with extortion and robbery in connection to an incident in Carbonear.

Stagg’s case was originally set for speed disposition on Tuesday in Harbour Grace Provincial Court. That typically means a suspect is prepared to enter guilty pleas and have the matter dealt with quickly.

However, defence lawyer Jeffrey Slade told Judge Bruce Short there were some stumbling blocks along the way that changed the situation.

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Crown prosecutor Paul Thistle expects to have 15 witnesses called in the case. A three-day trial is scheduled for May 11, 12 and 15, though Slade would like to reschedule for earlier dates if any become available.

Porter is back in court Wednesday. Dobbin’s next court date is Dec. 7. All three adult suspects remain in custody. The youth was released on an undertaking Sept. 1.

editor@cbncompass.ca

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