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Stormy weather keeps Dean Penney from appearing in court

Stormy weather keeps Dean Penney from appearing in court
Stormy weather keeps Dean Penney from appearing in court

Dean Penney made his first personal appearance in court in Corner Brook on Monday. He is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jennifer Hillier-Penney, seven years ago.

Dean Penney made his first in-person appearance in court in Corner Brook on Monday. His second appearance was scheduled for Friday but was postponed until Wednesday because of bad weather. (Alex Kennedy/CBC)

Snow closed the provincial courts in Corner Brook on Friday, meaning Dean Penney won’t have to appear in court until next week to face a charge of first-degree murder.

Penney made his first court appearance on Monday and is accused of murdering his ex-wife Jennifer Hillier-Penney, who has been missing since November 2016.

Penney was arrested last week. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters that after a seven-year investigation, they had enough evidence to lay charges.

Hillier-Penney’s remains have not yet been found.

Penney’s initial appearance was brief, about five minutes. St. John’s-based attorney Rosellen Sullivan said she had not yet received the evidence against her client.

The case has now been rescheduled for December 27. He is due to appear in provincial court at 11:00 a.m. NT.

The provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor was also closed Friday due to the weather.

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