Judge with perfume allergy overcome by perfume in courtroom
Two cases involving recent shootings in the St. John’s area were brought to provincial court today.
But one had to be postponed when a judge had a serious reaction to perfume in the perfume-free courtroom.
It was supposed to be the second day of the bail hearing for Anthony Crocker, who faces multiple firearms and aggravated assault charges after a shooting on Gilbert Street a month ago .
But shortly after entering the courtroom, the judge, who suffers from a severe allergy to smells, began to struggle to speak and catch her breath. She said she was aware of an odor in the room and asked the responsible person to leave the courtroom.
With that, and out of concern for the judge, the lawyers offered a stay to literally clear the air, but in the end it was agreed to try again on Tuesday. The judge also apologized to Mr Crocker for the delay and therefore continued his stay at the penitentiary.
It was later learned that the person was not wearing perfume but had been exposed to it at work.
Shooting Spree Case Update
Meanwhile, there was progress in a separate case involving a shooting between mid and late May.
Brandon Chafe, Thomas Barnes and Abigail Gillingham face dozens of weapons offenses including trafficking, as well as possession and reckless use of illegal firearms.
Chafe is also charged with attempted murder, while Barnes is charged with aggravated assault after shooting a man dead in the Goulds in mid-June.
Chafe remains in custody at the HMP pending the next court date for the three, September 16.