New information delays case
Broad Cove woman accused of theft, defrauding development association
There was an interesting twist in provincial court in Harbour Grace on May 29 in the case against a Broad Cove woman, Sherry Cull, who is accused of stealing and defrauding money from the North Shore Regional Development Association.
A trial scheduled for three days was set to commence in the morning, but was unexpectedly postponed after Crown attorney Danny Vavasour requested a temporary halt to the proceedings because of new information that came to light in recent days.
He described the “disclosure” as a 10-page statement, along with other documentation.
In light of the new evidence, Vavasour asked Judge Jacqueline Brazil for a postponement. Cull’s lawyer, legal aid attorney Kevin Baker, agreed with the request, and the matter was set over until July 16, which is a plea day, meaning the trial won’t likely resume at that time.
Neither side would reveal the significance of the new informa- tion, but Baker seemed upbeat about the latest development in this long-running criminal matter.
“(Sherry) has maintained her innocence throughout, and we’re most interested in this new disclosure, from a defence perspective,” Baker stated outside the courthouse.
Vavasour said he is required to continually evaluate the “viability” of the case against Cull, and said the new information required that a delay be requested.
Cull, 38, was in court for the brief session.
Judge Brazil reluctantly granted the postponement, noting the matter has been ongoing since charges of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000 were first sworn in September 2011. It’s alleged the money was taken between Jan. 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, while Cull was an employee with the association, which maintains an office in Western Bay.
It was the third time the trial had been postponed, Brazil said.