Crown hasn’t decided how to handle attempted murder case

Gary Kean
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The Crown is hoping to be in a better position to inform the court about how it intends to proceed with the attempted murder charge against Herman Boyd Randell next month.

The prosecution has been stalled since Justice David Hurley ruled in favour of a defence application in the case in early April.

The details of the judge's decision and the evidence heard during a voir dire on the application are subject to a publication ban.

Randell has pleaded not guilty and has elected to be tried by judge alone.

He is accused of trying to kill a woman in Englee in November 2010.

The matter was called in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Corner Brook again Thursday. Crown attorney Trina Simms told Hurley she was not ready to set a trial date.

“We are not much further ahead,” Simms said.

A review of the case against Randell is currently before the province’s public prosecutions office, added Simms, as she requested a delay in setting a trial date.

Defence lawyer Peter Chaffey was hoping a trial date could be set before the fall.

“My client is anxious to have the matter move along,” said Chaffey

However, Hurley said a fall trial would be inevitable, even if he did set one Thursday.

Simms said the Crown might be ready to set a trial date in another week or so, but the judge set the case over until June 2.

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Englee, Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook

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