Five young people accused of breaking into a Lower Freetown man’s home, beating and robbing him, made their first full court appearance on Thursday.
The five, four men and a woman, stood together before Judge Jeff Lantz. They are being represented by Legal Aid attourney Trish Cheverie.
The accused are Jeferson Sanders, 22, of Kensington; Joshua James Bernard, 21, of Summerside; Skyler Kenneth Fear, 21, of Miscouche; Shelby Jean Mary Doucette, 19, of Summerside; and Devon Charles Boyles, 19, of North Bedeque.
All five accused face the same five charges in relation to the incident. They include robbery, break and enter, assault with a weapon (a baseball bat), unlawful confinement and wearing a mask during the commission of an offence.
Cheverie told the court that she’d recently received a “significant” amount of evidence disclosure in the case and she still needed time to meet with each of the accused individually.
She requested more time to deal with the matter, and Lantz agreed to set it over until April 7.
There was a sizable entourage, about 20 people, in the courtroom watching the case. It was not readily apparent who was accompanying whom.
This case stems from an incident in early February.
East Prince RCMP say they got a call at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, from a man who said several people had broken into his home, beaten him and stole some electronic equipment.
The Mounties arrested and charged four people later that day and the fifth a couple of days later.
The victim was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.