Accused a flight risk, says lawyer
had been stolen from a car rental agency in the St. John’s area several days earlier. RCMP were able to link the second incident to the male arrested earlier that day in connection with the ATV theft.
As a result of the second investigation, the defendant faced additional charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and mischief over $5,000, when he appeared before Judge Smith last Wednesday.
According to information presented during his bail hearing, the defendant is alleged to have used the vehicle, a Ford Fusion SEL, stolen from Avis Rental, to tow the ATV to Job’s Cove. A lock was broken in the process of removing the new ATV from its shipping container at Coastal and a trailer strap was also damaged.
On the witness stand, the defendant rambled about having a lawyer coming from Toronto, which prompted legal aid lawyer Rosemary Dawson to ask him: “ What’s your problem?”
Edmunds replied he had “no problem,” adding, “if this bail hearing don’t work out, I can get a lawyer from Toronto.”
It was revealed in court Edmunds has a lengthy criminal record involving some 20 convictions under the Criminal Code between 1982 and 2009.
The father of three lived in Ontario for 40 years before returning to reside in his parents’ (deceased) home in Bay de Verde.
Asked what he did for a living, the accused told the court he managed a rubber company in Ontario, until a workplace injury forced him onto workers’ compensation.
When Judge Smith asked him what was his income from workers’ compensation, he replied, “almost $4,000 a month.”
Asked if he had any problem with staying away from Coastal Outdoors, he replied: “I have no reason to go there. I have no problem with staying away from Carbonear, and am prepared to keep the peace.”
Telling the judge he “never failed to appear” in his life, Edmunds tried to assure Judge Smith that, if allowed out on bail, “there’s no chance of me running. I’m not going to run nowhere.
“I apologized for what I done — it was stupid,” Edmunds told the court.
Asked if he had anything to offer as a surety, the defendant offered to put up his Bay de Verde home, which he said is valued at $75,000.
When the judge asked him about alcohol and drug use, he said, “I don’t drink or use drugs.”
If allowed out on bail, he promised, “in the new year I’ll plead guilty and get this over with. I’ll do my time. C’est la vie!”
Crown attorney Shawn Petten argued the crown has a strong case against the defendant, who is “ likely looking at significant jail time. He does have time on his hands and is a potential flight risk.”
In light of the “ boldness” of the recent offences, Petten suggested, “I think this is a serious issue, which he is not taking too seriously,” and there is also a risk to commit other offences.
Judge Smith agreed, observing, “ there are six counts here ( latest charges) involving two vehicles. And the judge said he found 20 priors including perjury and obstruction of justice.” Looking at the defendant’s record, he also observed some of the offences appeared to be alcohol related.
“I feel, given your extensive record and cavalier attitude, you’re remanded.
Edmunds left the courtroom under police escort. But not before offering some parting words: “F—k yous all!”