Charges dismissed against Town of Victoria
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.