Judge sends Trent Butt murder case to trial
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.
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.
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.