Home invasion suspect pleads not guilty
One of the two young men arrested for allegedly breaking into an elderly woman’s home in Bay Roberts pleaded not guilty last week.
Evan James Fry, 21, is accused of committing robbery, breaking and entering, stealing a vehicle and failing to comply with a recognizance. Lawyer Jeffrey Slade entered the not guilty pleas on Fry’s behalf Wednesday in Harbour Grace provincial court. Fry appeared in court by videolink.
He is also pleading not guilty to single counts of break and enter and failure to comply with an undertaking. Those charges relate to an incident in Roaches Line from early April, just over a month before the Bay Roberts break-in took place.
Fry remains in custody, as he was denied bail at a hearing in St. John’s last Thursday. His trial is scheduled for Jan 12, 14 and 15.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Fry’s alleged accomplice in the Bay Roberts break-in, Joshua Walter Burton. A pre-sentencing report was ordered in May, and his case has been called for speedy disposition multiple times, but no pleas have been entered. When Burton’s case was last called in Placentia on July 22, defence lawyer Kevin Baker said he still needed to have further discussions with his client. He also indicated it would be best to set over the case until Fry’s next appearance or some date thereafter. Burton is back in court Aug. 28.