Evidence in Dale Porter murder 18,000 files deep
The Department of Transportation and Works updated the public last week about how work to remove the old lift bridge in Placentia will affect mariners.
According to the news release, the channel will be closed to all boat traffic requiring the bridge to lift for approximately one month starting Dec. 10. Boats looking to get through the channel will need to communicate those plans with the bridge operators and proceed with caution.
Contractors will use infill to help remove the bridge, and government expects this will increase tidal flow through the channel. The infill material will be removed once demolition work is completed.
Further advisories will be issued as work progresses, according to government. Removal of the old lift bridge will not affect motorists.
The new lift bridge in Placentia officially opened in September and was built at a cost of almost $48 million. The original tender included the demolition work.
There’s a whole lot of evidence to pore over in the Dale Porter murder case, according to one of the Crown prosecutors.
Daniel Edward Leonard and Allan Winfield Potter are charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 39-year-old North River resident. The victim was found on the ground in front of his home on June 29, 2014. Police have said the two men are members of the outlaw Vikings Motorcycle Club.
Leonard and Potter were not at the Harbour Grace courthouse Wednesday, but Crown prosecutor Vikas Khaladkar was there. Defence lawyers Mike King and Randy Piercey appeared by teleconference on behalf of their clients.
Khaladkar shed some light Wednesday on the volume of evidence he and co-counsel Sheldon Steeves are still in the process of vetting. The 18,000 documents take up 85 gigabytes of computer memory. He told Judge Bruce Short this is equivalent to “many, many banker’s boxes of documents.”
Khaladkar hopes to have everything vetted by the end of December. Meanwhile, matters for Leonard and Potter will be called back to court Dec. 16.
The accused killers were arrested in late September, as were several other men with suspected ties to the Vikings. Most of those men, including Daniel’s father Vincent Leonard Sr., face drug-related charges. Police have confirmed Dale Porter was not involved with the Vikings.
Above right: Allan Winfield Potter, 53, was arrested in Ontario two months ago. Right: Police picked up Daniel Edward Leonard in St. John’s.