Case of former civilian RNC employee back in court in August

Gary Kean
Published on June 25, 2014
Provincial Court

The matter itself was set over, but there were some minor developments in the case of a former Royal Newfoundland Constabulary civilian staff member charged with attempting to obstruct justice when it was called in court Tuesday.

Angela Marie McCarthy, 31, was charged in April with two counts of the offence. The allegations are that the Benoit’s Cove woman tipped off targets of an ongoing police drug investigation in the Corner Brook area last summer.

When it was called before Judge Wayne Gorman in provincial court in Corner Brook Tuesday morning, defence lawyer Adam Baker said the defence was still waiting for the “substantial” disclosure it had requested from the Crown. Crown attorney John Noseworthy said his office had just received that request this week and needed more time to process the request.

The case was set over until Aug. 5.

Noseworthy did have some housekeeping to do in terms of the two documents before the court, both of which contained information outlining the charges against McCarthy. The Crown will be proceeding with the prosecution of the information filed later in time.

During McCarthy’s first appearance in provincial court in May, it had been indicated that the information filed earlier contained details about the identity of the targets of a drug investigation.

With regard to the information the Crown intends to prosecute, Noseworthy amended the offence dates from being between Aug. 9-20, 2013 to ranging from between July 1, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2013.

Operation Backstop, the drug investigation McCarthy is accused of trying to obstruct, eventually did result in the arrest of four men and the seizure of five pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash. Terrence Gallant and Bruce Hickey of Benoit's Cove and Jean-Paul Mandoux and Andre Seguin of Ontario still have their matters before the courts.