Man accused of violent home invasion, armed robbery, waiting for his day in court

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A man accused of a violent home invasion and armed robbery is still waiting for his day in court.

Three trials for Drayden Clinton were adjourned and a trial date is yet to be set. It was expected to be set on March 24 but the matter was adjourned to April 22 for case management in North Battelford Provincial Court.

Clinton, 25, has been in custody for more than a year since his arrest. Trials set for June and December 2020 were adjourned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Another trial scheduled in September 2020 was adjourned at the request of the defence.

Clinton, and Tenielle Heitt, 31, of Unity, were arrested after Unity RCMP raided a home in Macklin.

Clinton is charged in connection to a violent home invasion in Unity where brass knuckles, a baseball bat and machete were used. He is also charged with several residential break-ins in Macklin. RCMP obtained a search warrant and raided Clinton’s home Jan. 31, 2020, and say they discovered evidence to support charges in those incidents.

Clinton was charged with break, enter and theft, possession of property obtained by crime, unlawful confinement, uttering threats, carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon, use of a prohibited firearm while committing robbery, wearing a mask in the commission of an offence, possession of ammunition while prohibited, possession of brass knuckles, possession of a controlled substance, and commit bank fraud over $5,000.

Heitt was charged with unlawful confinement, break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

She appears next in North Battleford Provincial Court on March 31.

The charges against Heitt and Clinton haven’t been proven in court.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist