By Shurtz, Delon on March 28, 2020.
A Lethbridge man serving time in jail for various criminal offences has been denied bail on charges relating to a robbery five months ago.
Following a lengthy bail hearing Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Kyle James Young Pine was remanded in custody, despite concerns by Lethbridge lawyer Vince Guinan it could be months, perhaps even a year, before a trial could be held.
“So we’re looking at months of pre-trial custody,” Guinan told Judge Paul Pharo.
Guinan pointed out another individual, Corey Amyotte, is also charged in relation to the robbery last October, and any steps he does or doesn’t take, could delay Young Pine’s case. He pointed out the federal Crown consented to Amyotte’s release earlier in the week. Guinan also reminded Pharo of the delays on all court matters caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Young Pine is charged with robbery, unlawful confinement, disguised with intent, possession of a stolen credit card and using a stolen credit card. The charges stem from a robbery at a Lethbridge hotel, and subsequent search of property in the 4000 block of 43 Street South.
Police reported that about 7 p.m. Oct. 16 a 28-year-old man was robbed of his wallet, clothes, cellphone and vaping items at gunpoint. Lethbridge police got a description of a suspect vehicle and tracked it to a home in the Six Mile Coulee area of south Lethbridge. The vehicle left the home and went to Exhibition park, where police arrested several people.
Young Pine was released on bail shortly afterward, but re-arrested later on other matters. He was also sentenced to a short jail term last week on charges of obstructing a peace officer and drug possession in relation to an incident Feb. 19 when police saw him walking away from a drug house. He gave police a false name, then when police asked for his real name, he took off on foot.
Following a chase, police caught him and found him in possession of three packages containing small amounts of carfentanil.
Young Pine is scheduled to return to court April 22.
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