Carbonear man charged with daughter’s murder
A Carbonear man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his five-year-old daughter won’t be in court again until next month.
Trent Spencer Butt remained in hospital at the Health Sciences Centre last Tuesday, where two lawyers representing the Crown and defence were set to appear with provincial court judge David Orr presiding. The 37-year-old’s case has been set over to May 11.
Butt was charged two days after a fire destroyed his home on Hayden Heights in Carbonear. When firefighters arrived, the body of Butt’s five-year-old daughter, Quinn Lorna-Kay Butt, was found inside the house.
While the RCMP does not have the results of the girl’s autopsy, the investigation yielded enough evidence to proceed with charging the father.
“We found there was enough evidence to support the charge of first-degree (murder),” said Staff Sgt. Howard Gale.
The man sustained serious injuries, but Harbour Grace RCMP said it’s expected he will survive. Butt is also charged with arson.
Harbour Grace RCMP is asking anyone who witnessed Sunday’s early-morning house fire in Carbonear to get in touch.
Police are particularly interested in speaking with witnesses who were in the area prior to the fire department’s arrival. Emergency responders were there at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday.
Anyone with information to share can call the Harbour Grace detachment at 596-5014.
Trent Spencer Butt