Defence lawyer begins cross-examination of witness who recanted story Tuesday

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Police officer who was called to Montreal hotel also on stand

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The presentation of evidence continued Wednesday in P.E.I Supreme Court in the trial of a Charlottetown man charged in connection with a robbery/home invasion in Emyvale in May of 2012.

Jason Norman Yeo is accused of  playing an integral role in the planning of a robbery at the home of convicted drug dealer Dean Fairhurst.

In court today Mitchell MacLeod, defence counsel for Yeo, began his cross-examination of Chase Roper, one of two men who physically carried out the robbery.


Roper was questioned about his statements to police.

He said at one point that police told him that they knew how the robbery had unfolded, that his girlfriend had told them about it and telling his version of what happened would be a good thing for him to do.

He was also questioned about his wish to recant his testimony at the trial of Derry Bird, his co-accused in the robbery.

He testified at that trial that Bird was not involved, that his partner was someone named Slash he'd just met.

He later asked to correct his testimony but the Crown had concluded its case. The presiding judge at that trial did not call him.

MacLeod also questioned him about the night of the robbery, focusing on, among other things, the amount of drugs they did that night and the clothing they wore.

He asked if Roper considered himself an addict at the time.

Roper said he was.

Roper was questioned about the role played by Kaylee MacLean and Jennifer Wakelin, the two women charged in connection with the robbery.

He said they went along to drive the car.

The court also heard today from Const. Steven Campbell with the Montreal police department.

In April of 2012 he responded to a call about a fight at Loews Hotel, an upscale Montreal hotel.

He said there was a lot of damage to the room and that Yeo's girlfriend had a scratch on her face.

Yeo was lying on one of the beds.

He was seen by police pushing a bag under the bed.

When they arrested him he was not wearing a shirt so the officer reached into the bag for a shirt.

When he removed the shirt he found two large bundles of cash containing many $500 packets. When counted later the money totaled $30,942.28 .

Campbell said it was not packaged by a bank.

The police called a senior detective and the money was turned over to officers in charge of the proceeds of crime. Proceeds of crime still has possession of that money.

Under-examination, the police officer said there was about $200 to $300 in loose bills in that bag. There were a lot of loonies, toonies and other change as well.

Asked whether Yeo was charged with assault that night, Campbell said no.

Asked if there were name tags on the bag identifying the owner, he said no.

Asked if anyone claimed the bag, he said no.

MacLeod also questioned him about the status of that money now.

Campbell didn't know.

He asked whether there was any evidence identifying the owner of the bag.

Campbell said Yeo's clothing was in the bag.

Macleod questioned whether the clothing could have belonged to anyone else.

Campbell said no.

More to come

Organizations: Montreal City, Loews Hotel, Montreal hotel

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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