Bay Roberts home in­va­sion trial gets un­der­way

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca LET­TER TO THE EDITOR editor@CB­N­com­pass.ca

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.

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