Charges dis­missed against Town of Vic­to­ria

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The Town of Vic­to­ria is off the hook for the crim­i­nal charge of fraud­u­lent con­ceal­ment of a res­i­dent’s ve­hi­cle af­ter judge Jac­quline Brazil dis­missed the charge in Har­bour Grace provin­cial court June 10.

Ed­ward Thomas Cole, the owner of the ve­hi­cle in ques­tion, swore be­fore the courts in Jan­uary the town un­law­fully re­moved his 2006 Ford F150 from his prop­erty and con­cealed it.

As pre­vi­ous pub­lished in the Jan. 29 print edi­tion of The Com­pass, the ve­hi­cle was towed be­cause it was im­ped­ing snow­clear­ing op­er­a­tions and Cole could have the ve­hi­cle af­ter he paid the $80 tow­ing fee.

But Cole did not pay the fee and said the town still has the ve­hi­cle.

“The town has the truck and they can keep it,” he wrote in an email ex­change with The Com­pass last week.

Cole dis­agrees with the court’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss the charges, but said he doesn’t in­tend to “pur­sue the mat­ter fur­ther at this time.”

Mayor Arthur Burke was tightlipped re­gard­ing the out­come be­cause, he said, he was not in court to wit­ness the pro­ceed­ings.

“The in­for­ma­tion I cur­rently have is in an email from the (town’s) lawyer,” he con­tin­ued.

Ac­cord­ing to Burke, there is still a civil case be­fore the courts that will be heard late-June so he could not comment fur­ther at this time.

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