Brewer en­ters guilty pleas on cabin break-ins

Sen­tenc­ing set for Dec. 15 in St. John’s provin­cial court

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A 21-year-old has pleaded guilty to charges re­lated to sev­eral cabin break-ins ear­lier this year near Pla­cen­tia.

Damian Roy Brewer ap­peared in St. John’s provin­cial court last Tues­day, where lawyer Jef­frey Slade en­tered the guilty pleas on his be­half to 13 charges that in­clude nine counts of breakand-en­ter and sin­gle count charges of possessing property ob­tained by crime, theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and ar­son.

Judge David Orr ex­pected to deal with sen­tenc­ing on those charges as well Tues­day, but Slade re­quested to have sen­tenc­ing set over to an­other date. Orr agreed to have the mat­ter re­turn to provin­cial court Dec. 15.

The breakins occurred in late May of this year at sev­eral sum­mer cot­tages lo­cated along Route 91 be­tween Pla­cen­tia and Co­linet. Sev­eral items re­ported stolen were later found af­ter Pla­cen­tia RCMP ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a home in New Bridge, a com­mu­nity in St. Mary’s Bay. Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate Brewer has lived in New Bridge. A ve­hi­cle po­lice be­lieve was used to com­mit the crimes was found torched.

On Tues­day, Brewer also pleaded not guilty to two charges re­lated to al­leged breaches of court or­ders dat­ing back to July, shortly af­ter he was ini­tially re­leased from po­lice cus­tody. He was most re­cently granted bail in late Septem­ber.

Brewer and his al­leged ac­com­plice, 22-yearold Chad Clarke, were ar­rested in late June and early July re­spec­tively. Clarke pleaded not guilty to near-iden­ti­cal charges last month. Un­like Brewer, he is not charged with possessing property ob­tained by crime. His two-day trial is sched­uled to take place next March in Har­bour Grace.

A trial date for Brewer on the breaches will be set Dec. 2 in Har­bour Grace.

Brewer also pleaded not guilty to two charges re­lated to al­leged breaches of court or­ders dat­ing back to July, shortly af­ter he was ini­tially re­leased from po­lice cus­tody.

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