Nfld. & Labrador

Crown drops 3 charges against Randy Druken

Three criminal charges were dropped Friday in St. John's against Randy Druken.

Three criminal charges were dropped Friday in St. John's against Randy Druken.

The Crown dropped two assault charges that had been laid last fall after an incident involving Druken and his girlfriend. The Crown also dropped an unrelated weapons possession charge.

However, Druken still faces a charge laid in December for breaching the conditions of his bail.

In that instance, Druken had been arrested outside a Zellers department store while he was doing some Christmas shopping with his girlfriend. His bail conditions stipulated that he have no contact with his girlfriend.

Druken said Friday he was delighted and thrilled that the charges have been dropped.

Druken served more than six years in prison following a murder conviction for the 1993 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Brenda Marie Young.

His case was one of three examined at an inquiry headed by retired Supreme Court of Canada justice Antonio Lamer, whose final report condemned what he called "tunnel vision" among police and prosecutors.

In December 2006, after declaring him wrongfully convicted, the Newfoundland and Labrador government awarded Druken $2 million in compensation.

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