Accused murderer of Quinn Butt appears in court
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.
Trent Butt appears in a Harbour Grace courtroom by videolink Wednesday from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.
A woman holds a sign showing support for the victim Trent Butt is accused of murdering.