Home in­va­sion vic­tim tes­ti­fies

Was fear­ful dur­ing in­ci­dent at Bay Roberts res­i­dence

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER AND AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CBN­com­pass.ca

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.

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