Home invasion victim testifies
Was fearful during incident at Bay Roberts residence
The victim of a home invasion earlier this year in Bay Roberts told the court last week she was fearful during the encounter.
Jean Hillyard testified in the trial of Evan James Fry, who has pleaded not guilty to charges that include committing robbery, theft, and break and enter.
The 86-year-old’s testimony largely focused on the man who was in the room with her, Joshua Burton, who previously pleaded guilty and is now serving a federal sentence exceeding six years.
When questioned by defence lawyer Susan Day, Hillyard admitted she could not hear noise elsewhere in the house while confronted by Burton in a bedroom on the main floor of her home.
Hillyard said she was disturbed from her sleep by the rustling of papers. When she woke, there was a man going through the top drawer of her dresser where she kept some jewelry. “I could’ve touched him,” she said.
He turned and told her he had her keys, bank card and bank book and wanted her to drive him to the ATM. The man insisted, but not in a demanding way, she said. He grabbed something on the dresser and asked if it was a phone. Jean replied it was a heart monitor, but really it was a blood pressure monitor. That seemed to change him, she said. He took a couple of steps towards the door and said don’t call the police.
Hillyard said the young man in her room did make reference to a second person being in the house. He almost apologized for his friend taking some wine, and told Hillyard he cut the phone line. She took that to mean the friend was in the house although she didn’t see him.
When they left, she didn’t want to get up or turn a light on for fear they might come back. Using a small flashlight, Jean went to the fridge in the kitchen, found the phone number for the police, and then went upstairs to call.
Hillyard went over the items missing from her home that were later returned by police, including jewelry, cards, cash and a black Air Canada suitcase. Most items were returned, but Hillyard was disappointed her engagement ring was ultimately lost for good.
The trial for Fry resumes Jan. 6, 2016. He has remained in custody since his arrest May 10.