Preliminary hearing for Yellowknife woman charged with robbery in armed convenience store heists set for Dec. 11

Cynthia Lafferty from closed circuit security video (Photo courtesy of RCMP)

It appears a Yellowknife woman, charged in connection with two armed convenience store robberies in the city earlier this year, will remain in custody at least until her preliminary hearing which is set for Dec. 11.

Cynthia Lafferty, 20, appeared in court Tuesday in Yellowknife via video from the women’s correctional centre in Fort Smith.

There was no mention of bail made in court by Lafferty, her lawyer or the Crown prosecutor in the case.

It appears she is agreeing to her continued incarceration.

The young mother of at least two small children was arrested in Yellowknife in May and charged with robbing two convenience stores in the city at knifepoint, one in January, the other in April.

Police say Lafferty was arrested after a tip from the public.

It also appears an image resembling her was captured by store security video.

The arrest came amidst a rash of convenience store holdups and attempted robberies as well as a bank robbery in Yellowknife.

An arrest was made in the bank robbery but some of the other holdups remain unsolved.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to send a case to trial.

Evidence heard during preliminary hearings is not allowed to be published or broadcast.




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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.