Bail conditions set for Raymond Stacey ahead of 2nd-degree murder trial

The highest court in the province has given its conditions for accused murderer Raymond Stacey to be released on bail.
Accused murderer Raymond Stacey signed his released papers Wednesday, days after he was granted bail in St. John's. 0:44

The highest court in the province has set bail conditions for a man accused of the second-degree murder of a chicken plant co-worker.

In the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, Raymond Stacey, 24, agreed to keep the peace, obey an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, report to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary once a week, live at a particular residence in St. John's, and other conditions.

Stacey is charged with the second-degree murder of Clifford Comerford, 41, in Mount Pearl in January 2015.

They were co-workers, chicken catchers, for a company contracted to do work at the Country Ribbon facility near Paddy's Pond.

It's alleged that Stacey stabbed Comerford in a van that was picking them up in Mount Pearl to take them to work.

Raymond Stacey at the Court of Appeal in St. John's on Wednesday to sign his bail conditions. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

The Court of Appeal also ordered that Stacey, whose trial is set for November, not have contact with 23 people. While it wasn't mentioned, it is highly likely that they could be potential witnesses at his trial. 

Last week, the Court of Appeal overturned a decision by Justice Raymond Halley in the Trial Division of the Supreme Court to deny Stacey bail. Because of publication bans, the reasons why Stacey was originally denied bail, but then granted it, cannot be reported. 

Stacey's lawyer, Bob Buckingham, said he is pleased by the Court of Appeal's decision to release his client. 

Stacey's trial will be held at Supreme Court in St. John's. 

Clifford Comerford, 41, is the man Stacey is accused of killing in January 2015. (CBC)

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Glenn Payette


A veteran journalist with more than 30 years' experience, Glenn Payette is a videojournalist with CBC News in St. John's.