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Armed robbery trial begins

Andrew Raven
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (June 09/04) - The trial of a Yellowknife man accused of holding up an art gallery at gunpoint began in Supreme Court Monday.

Krys McInnes faces three charges, including robbery and obstruction of justice, stemming from a Jan. 16, 2003 hold-up at the Gallery of Midnight Sun.

In his opening submissions, Crown attorney Noel Sinclair said McInnes, clad in a mask and carrying a rifle, entered the gallery late in the afternoon of the 16th and robbed two employees.

Over $3,000 was reported missing at the time. Several Yellowknife business got together and offered a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that led to the arrest and conviction of the culprit. McInnes was taken into custody by police a little more than six months later.

In addition to the robbery charge, McInnis is also facing one count of wearing a mask during the commission of a crime and one count of obstruction of justice.

Sinclair said the obstruction charge came after McInnes allegedly asked a friend to threaten one of the Crown's witnesses in the case.

McInnes pleaded not guilty to all three charges and his lawyer is expected to argue McInnes was at the Centre Square Mall at the time of the robbery.

At least a dozen witnesses are expected to testify in the trial, which could last up to two weeks.