New in­for­ma­tion delays case

Broad Cove woman ac­cused of theft, de­fraud­ing de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BY TERRY ROBERTS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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