Bay Roberts home invasion trial gets underway
A man allegedly involved in a break-and-enter in Bay Roberts saw his trial get underway last week at provincial court in Harbour Grace.
Evan James Fry appeared in the courtroom on Friday via video conference as an RCMP officer testified about the incident, which involved the accused entering the home of an 85-year-old Bay Roberts and leaving the scene with jewelry and other items.
Judge Jacqueline Brazil heard that there was no evidence of forced entry at the woman’s residence on May 10, but the inside looked like it had been rum- maged through.
In May, police arrested Fry and 22-year-old Joshua Walter Burton in relation to the breakand-enter. Burton pleaded guilty to his charges and was sentenced to six years and fourth months in a federal prison in September. He is expected to testify at the trial via video link.
The woman was “visibly shaken” when she spoke with police the following morning, but was able to relay details of the incident, which included Burton confronting the victim in her bedroom. He wanted her to drive them to a nearby ATM, but she declined.
Many of the items, including jewelry found inside the wall of a closet, were removed from an apartment building in Bay Roberts during the investigation.
Fry was charged with committing robbery, breaking and entering, stealing a vehicle and failing to comply with a recognizance. In August, he pleaded not guilty to all counts.
Fry’s trial will resume Nov. 1617 at the Harbour Grace Provincial Court.
Boaters have less than two weeks to travel under the Placentia lift bridge due to a planned month-long closure.
Last week, the Department of Transportation and Works announced the placement of construction equipment for the replacement bridge would obstruct the channel and prevent boats from getting through. That will even be the case for small boats that normally do not require the bridge to lift in order to pass through.
The closure will start at 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16 and continue until Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted by the move. In the release, the department offered thanks to mariners for their co-operation.