Leo Crockwell, the man charged in a lengthy standoff late last year with RCMP, made a brief court appearance yesterday. 55-year-old Crockwell sat quietly in a St. John’s courtroom as the matter was set over until March 18.
He remains in custody on 16 charges, including five counts of attempted murder, laid in connection with the ordeal just before Christmas. The event began on Dec. 4 when police were called to a home where a man who was believed to be armed refused to come out. Six days later, police allege Crockwell fled undetected from the side window of his home while they were pumping cold water inside to flush him out. He was found and arrested the next day, Dec. 11, about 18 kilometres away. An estimate was released last month through access-to-information laws which showed what the RCMP spent on the standoff. Not including the outstanding claims against the Crown: more than $400,000.