Judge sends Trent Butt mur­der case to trial

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A pro­vin­cial court judge has de­cided there is enough ev­i­dence for Trent Butt’s first-de­gree mur­der case to go to trial.

Judge Bruce Short’s de­ci­sion ren­dered last Mon­day fol­low- ing a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion was greeted with ap­plause in­side the court­room, where fam­ily and sup­port­ers of the late Quinn Butt gath­ered. Rea­sons for that de­ci­sion are banned from pub­li­ca­tion.

Butt is charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son in rela- tion to the death of Quinn, his five-year-old daugh­ter. The ac­cused and Quinn were found in­side his burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights in Car­bon­ear April 24, 2016.

There was once again a large crowd wait­ing for Butt’s ar­rival out­side the court­house for what will likely be his last ap­pear­ance at Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court. His next court ap­pear­ance for ar­raign­ment will take place at New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s March 1. He has not en­tered pleas.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Trent Butt ex­its a po­lice ve­hi­cle out­side Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court Mon­day, Jan. 30. A per­son in the crowd un­furled a pur­ple scarf in his di­rec­tion as he passed.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Fam­ily and sup­port­ers of Quinn Butt watch as the girl’s fa­ther and ac­cused killer en­ters the court­house in Har­bour Grace. Quinn’s mother An­drea Gosse ap­pears in the bot­tom left cor­ner.

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