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No contact order lifted for accused couple in 'screen cutter' case, with conditions

The couple accused in connection with what has become known as the "screen cutter" break-ins will be allowed to talk to each other, under very limited circumstances.

Accused Richard Arsenault and his wife, Courtney, can communicate with each other if a lawyer is present

Richard Joseph Arsenault, 38, has been in custody since his arrest in August, 2016. (Sarah MacMillan/CBC)

The couple accused in connection with what has become known as the "screen cutter" break-ins will be allowed to talk to each other, under very limited circumstances.

Richard Joseph Arsenault, 38, of Travellers Rest, has been in custody for the past six weeks and is charged in connection with a string of break-ins in Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall.

Since his arrest, he and his wife have been under a no contact order.

Under 'no contact' order

On Tuesday Arsenault and his lawyer asked the court for permission to communicate with his wife, Courtney Christina Arsenault, 34.

Complicating his request, on Monday the couple was charged jointly with possession of the proceeds of crime.

Courtney Arsenault was released from custody after she was charged, on the condition she not talk to her husband unless they're in court or have a lawyer present.

Wednesday, a justice of the peace said the couple was bound by any court orders that are already in place.

So for now, the couple can't talk to each other, unless a lawyer is in the room. 

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