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Kirby Spence was released on bail Friday.
CORNER BROOK A Massey Drive man has been ordered not to communicate with his co-accused in a home invasion that took place in the city last Friday.
The interesting thing is they both live in the same housing complex, but in different apartments.
Judge Wayne Gorman put the condition on Kirby Spence when he granted him bail in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday.
Spence, 19, and Andre Lecuyer, 33, both face multiple charges in the incident which took place in a Humber Road home.
The 55-year-old victim, who knows his alleged attackers, came home Friday night to find the two men in his home. Both had their faces masked and carried machetes and bear spray. Police say they bound the manâ€™s hands and feet with plastic cable ties and left with $300 in cash, a black canvas bag and various electronics, including a flat screen TV.
The victim contacted police after managing to free himself.
Lecuyer was arrested overnight Friday and charged with break and enter, forcible confinement, robbery with violence, and disguise with intent. He was released from custody on Monday â€” with one of his conditions being to have no contact with Spence â€” and has to appear in court again on March 18.
Spence was arrested later Saturday and charged with robbery with violence, disguise with intent, break and enter, possession of property obtained through crime and breach of a court order. He spent the week in custody waiting for a bail hearing which took place on Thursday.
In releasing Spence, Gorman said he was satisfied the young man could be released on conditions. Spenceâ€™s girlfriend has agreed to act as a surety for him and ensured the court she would report him to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary should he break any of the conditions.
Besides staying away from Lecuyer, other conditions Spence must abide by are to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, appear in court on Feb. 25 and thereafter as required, report to the RNC on Wednesdays, stay in his residence from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and have no contact with his alleged victim.
Spence also has a number of outstanding charges before the court, including offences under the Highway Traffic Act, possession of a controlled substance, breaches of court orders, assault and uttering threats.