Trent Butt’s house to be torn down this week

Mayor says prop­erty will be an empty lot by at least Feb. 10

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

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.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Con­cord Paving Ltd. staff cleared snow around the prop­erty on Hay­den Heights in Car­bon­ear Fri­day.

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