Trent Butt’s house to be torn down this week
Mayor says property will be an empty lot by at least Feb. 10
The house where five-yearold Quinn Butt died last spring, allegedly at the hands of her father, will soon be out of sight.
David Kennedy, a Carbonear town councillor who also lives close to the property on Hayden Heights, shared the news on Twitter Friday morning. Concord Paving Ltd. of Carbonear is working on site to clear snow around the house in preparation for the task of tearing it down. Kennedy said insurance pictures would also be taken before demolition work starts on Feb. 7.
Trent Butt, who owned the house, is charged with firstdegree murder and arson. He’s scheduled to appear at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John’s March 1 for arraignment.
Mayor George Butt Jr. told The Compass the house would be down by at least Feb. 10.
“Too bad it couldn’t get done quicker, but you’ve got to go through the proper channels,” he said Friday.
Council approved a motion Jan. 9 to issue a demolition order for 12 Hayden Heights. Kennedy excused himself before the vote took place.
“At least that part of it will be gone,” the mayor said with respect to the house. “When it gets filled in, it will only be a vacant piece of land … It will be a help.”
The house’s continued pres- ence in the community since the tragic events of April 24, 2016 has not sat well with many Carbonear residents, including Kennedy, who in the past spoke publicly about the neighbourhood’s desire to see it torn down.
A Carbonear house filled with sad memories for people in the Conception Bay North area will be no more by the end of this week.
Concord Paving Ltd. staff cleared snow around the property on Hayden Heights in Carbonear Friday.