Ac­cused mur­derer of Quinn Butt ap­pears in court

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The court ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day for ac­cused mur­derer Trent Spencer Butt at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion in Har­bour Grace.

Sev­eral peo­ple held signs out­side and inside the court­house, where the Car­bon­ear man ac­cused of killing his fiveyear-old daugh­ter Quinn Butt ap­peared by vide­olink from Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s. Rel­a­tives of Quinn and a large num­ber of peo­ple filled the court­room specif­i­cally for the 37-year-old’s ap­pear­ance.

Trent Butt was not vis­i­bly emo­tional last Wed­nes­day. His lawyer Mike King has re­ceived some of the ev­i­dence, but ex­pects he’ll get more in the weeks ahead. The case will re­turn to Har­bour Grace June 17.

Out­side the court­house, King wouldn’t of­fer any clues about how his client is feel­ing af­ter all that’s hap­pened in the last lit­tle while. Fire­fight­ers found Trent Butt and his daugh­ter inside a burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights Sun­day, April 24. Trent was charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son a few days later. Lawyers had to visit him at a hospi­tal in St. John’s for his ini­tial court ap­pear­ance.

“It’s a very emo­tional case, ob­vi­ously,” King told re­porters out­side the court­house, with on­look­ers stand­ing be­hind him hold­ing signs bear­ing the phrase “Jus­tice for Quinn.”

“I un­der­stand how the public feels. It’s a tragedy. Having said that, Mr. Butt, like ev­ery other per­son charged with an of­fence, is pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. My role is to en­sure he re­ceives a fair trial and is treated fairly by the jus­tice sys­tem, and that’s what my in­ten­tion is.”

Those who lis­tened in on King’s chat with re­porters were not en­thused with the no­tion the jus­tice sys­tem should treat his client fairly. One woman said Quinn Butt and her mother were not treated fairly and that King’s words dis­gusted her.

Likely an­tic­i­pat­ing a large turnout for Wed­nes­day’s ap­pear­ance, four Sher­iff’s Of­fi­cers were present and more po­lice of­fi­cers than usual were also at the court­house.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

Trent Butt ap­pears in a Har­bour Grace court­room by vide­olink Wed­nes­day from Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

A woman holds a sign show­ing sup­port for the vic­tim Trent Butt is ac­cused of mur­der­ing.

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