Subject of Corner Brook manhunt has sex charges dropped

Gary Kean
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Robert Gould is shown being led into court in Corner Brook. — Star file photo

CORNER BROOK  The man who was charged with sex offences after he became the subject of a police search when he escaped custody in late May has had the most serious of charges against him withdrawn by the Crown.

Robert Ross Gould, 31, is already serving a 19-month sentence for break and entries and another escape from lawful custody.

During his last couple of court appearances, Gould has expressed his innocence regarding the sex offence allegations and said the media coverage this case has received has resulted in him being attacked while incarcerated.

He was back in provincial court in Corner Brook Friday morning. Crown attorney Trina Simms informed Judge Wayne Gorman that she was withdrawing four of the eight outstanding charges against Gould, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm and breach of a court order. After court, Simms indicated the complainant had recanted her story and there was now no chance of obtaining a conviction if the prosecution was to proceed.

Gould still has charges of uttering threats, breach of probation and two counts of breaching an undertaking or recognizance against him.

Defence lawyer Sandi MacKinnon said discussions with the Crown are ongoing regarding the other charges, and those matters were set over until Aug. 27.

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Geographic location: Corner Brook

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