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Craig Clayton Pittman was released from custody on Friday on an undertaking that requires he have no contact with his two co-accused, Mark Childs and Sonny Pijogge, in an alleged robbery at the First Stop Convenience Store in Irishtown-Summerside on April 28.
Pittman, 34, was also ordered to abide by a curfew between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily and not to go into Irishtown.
He must also report the to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Corner Brook, for the purpose of signing in, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Pittman will be back in court on July 29. Pijogge’s next appearance is July 22 and Childs will also appear on July 29.
*** Story updated Dec. 12, 2015 ****
Charges against Pittman and Pijogge dismissed
A Corner Brook man charged in a 2014 robbery at the First Stop Convenience Store in Irishtown-Summerside is still no closer to going to trial.
Mark Childs, 40, appeared in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Corner Brook on Monday on two charges - committing robbery with a weapon and having his face masked with the intent to commit an indictable offence - stemming from the incident.
At the time it was reported that two masked men, one armed with a weapon, entered the store at about 9:30 p.m. on April 28, 2014 and demanded tobacco and cash. After leaving the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, they were observed entering a possibly lime green, older model four-door Hyundai Accent.
Childs, Sonny Pijogge and Craig Pittman were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police nearly two months after the incident and all charged with the same two offences.
Childs pleaded not guilty to the charges and during Monday's appearance time was set to deal with a pretrial application Childs intends to make in relation to the admissibility of a statement. That application won't be heard until May 25-26.
The outcome of the application could impact whether or not Childs goes to trial on the charges. So, he'll return to court Sept. 12 for a status update at which time trial dates, if necessary, will be set.
Childs is the only one out of the three charged still before the courts as the charges against Pittman and Pijogge were dismissed earlier this year. The provincial Crown's office in Corner Brook said the dismissal came because there was no likelihood of conviction.