Home in­va­sion sus­pect pleads not guilty

The Compass - - ADDICTIONS -

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.

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