Man involved in Truro standoff, escape from custody is remanded following court appearance


A 22-year-old man charged following a standoff with police on Lavinia Drive has been remanded in custody until a bail hearing on Friday after running out of the Truro Provincial Courthouse yesterday.

Colby Daniel Scott Smith had been released from custody on Monday, but was arrested hours later following an incident near the NSLC in Truro.

He appeared in provincial court yesterday to set a date for a bail hearing when he ran across the courtroom and out a fire exit door.

Inspector Rob Hearn, of the Truro Police Service, tells our newsroom Smith was pursued after he fled the courthouse and was arrested after a foot pursuit on Lavinia Drive not far from his apartment.

He now faces additional charges of escape from lawful custody and another count of breach of a recognizance.

Appearing in court in leg shackles, which was approved by Judge Mark Chisholm, defence lawyer David Mahoney said the Legal Aid Office was in conflict with the major charges in the case and they couldn't represent Smith.

Mahoney says his office has issued a certificate, which Truro lawyer Tara Smith is prepared to take a represent Smith.

The accused will remain in custody until a bail hearing Friday morning.

In addition to numerous weapons-related offences, Smith also faces charges of mischief, taking a motor vehicle without consent, and several charges of breaching an undertaking or recognizance.

He also faces one count of assault stemming from an incident between November 16th and 19th of last year in Brookfield, which had originally been set to return to court on August 7th to set a trial date, but was moved along with around half of the charges he now faces to September 4th.