No pleas en­tered in Bay Roberts home in­va­sion case

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

Crown and de­fence lawyers had to put aside plans last Thurs­day to set­tle the case of a Bay Roberts man ac­cused of com­mit­ting a home in­va­sion.

When 18-year-old Bradley Frank James Adams was pre­vi­ously in court Jan. 20, de­fence lawyer Heidi Mar­shall told the judge the ac­cused was pre­pared to deal with his six charges speed­ily, which sug­gests Adams will en­ter guilty pleas. Adams was ar­rested last month in Bay Roberts and charged with rob­bery, break and en­ter, theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, con­ceal­ing his iden­tity with a mask and ob­struct­ing an of­fi­cer by giv­ing a false name.

How­ever, duty coun­sel lawyer Jeff Slade said last Thurs­day at Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court that Adams’ lawyer would need to take a look at fur­ther ev­i­dence be­fore pro­ceed­ing.

Brazil agreed to set the case over un­til March 30. Crown pros­e­cu­tor Natalie Payne in­di­cated it will likely take half-a-day to deal with the mat­ter if guilty pleas are en­tered and sen­tenc­ing op­tions are dis­cussed.

Adams was ar­rested in Whitbourne on Jan. 5, 2016. That’s also the com­mu­nity where po- lice found a ve­hi­cle be­long­ing to the woman who was con­fronted in her home on New Found Lane by a man dur­ing the early hours of that same day. Po­lice said she was alone at the time and the man threat­ened her with a knife be­fore driv­ing off.

PHOTO BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Bradley Adams, 18, en­ters Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court Jan. 28.

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