Ac­cused in New Harbour teen’s death sen­tenced for breach­ing re­lease con­di­tions

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­ Twit­ter: CBNAn­drew

One of the men ac­cused of en­gag­ing in a street race that re­sulted in the death of a teen girl from New Harbour was sen­tenced last Thurs­day for breach­ing his re­lease con­di­tions last fall.

Brian Robert King ap­peared by vide­olink in Harbour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court. King and Steven Ryan Mercer were charged last Au­gust with crim­i­nal neg­li­gence in the op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing death, crim­i­nal neg­li­gence in the op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle caus­ing bod­ily harm, street rac­ing caus­ing death, street rac­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm and breach of pro­ba­tion.

Han­nah Thorne was a pas­sen­ger in her grand­mother’s ve­hi­cle on July 7, 2016 when it col­lided with another ve­hi­cle. She was killed in the ac­ci­dent. Han­nah’s grand­mother sur­vived.

King was ar­rested shortly af­ter his ini­tial re­lease and charged with fail­ing to com­ply with con­di­tions of an un­der­tak­ing or re­cog­ni­zance and fail­ing to com­ply with a pro­ba­tion or­der. This time he was de­nied bail.

Through lawyer Tim O’Brien, King en­tered guilty pleas Thurs­day morn­ing on both charges and was sen­tenced to a to­tal of 60 days time served. He will also need to pay a vic­tim-fine sur­charge of $400.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, Bay Roberts RCMP re­ceived a tip on Sept. 19, 2016 that King was driv­ing around Green’s Harbour. He was sub­ject to a 6 p.m. cur­few at the time, and also needed to alert po­lice about any change of ad­dress.

An of­fi­cer showed up at the house of King’s girl­friend on Wa­ter Street in Bay Roberts, which is where he was re­quired to stay be­yond cur­few hours. The girl­friend an­swered the door shortly af­ter 6 p.m. and told the of­fi­cer King was home and would be out in a bit. She later came back and said he was in the bath­room and would need a few min­utes.

The of­fi­cer waited, keep­ing a clear view of two en­trances to the prop­erty, and later spot­ted a red Hyundai Elantra ar­riv­ing that King was known to drive. King got out of the ve­hi­cle and was sub­se­quently ar­rested.

King has three prior con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing two for as­sault. He re­ceived a con­di­tional dis­charge each time.

A seven-day trial is sched­uled to be­gin Oct. 2, though it re­mains to be seen how that will pro­ceed. Ac­cord­ing to Crown pros­e­cu­tor Richard De­veau, dis­cus­sions have taken place that could see King’s case get re­solved be­fore go­ing to trial. All par­ties agreed to re­turn to court for a sta­tus up­date May 26.

Car­bon­ear craft sale & flea mar­ket

Craft safe and flea mar­ket on April 8 at the Knights of Colum­bus in Car­bon­ear. Doors open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion call San­dra at 597-3916 or Tony at 597-3660.

Car­bon­ear Le­gion dance

A dance at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Car­bon­ear, April 8. Start­ing at 9 p.m. Mu­sic by Pynn’s Disco. For more info call 596-3691.

Car­bon­ear Le­gion lo­cal tal­ent night

Lo­cal tal­ent night open mic at the Car­bon­ear Le­gion, April 22. Starts at 3 p.m. Door prize give­aways and no cover charge. For more info call 5963691.

Old Per­li­can Cel­e­bra­tions

Come out and en­joy a week of var­i­ous events and ac­tiv­i­ties Aug. 21-27. Visit www.towno­fold­per­li­ or the Face­book page for the events sched­ule.

Qalipu mem­ber­ship

Have you been turned down for sta­tus with the Qalipu First Na­tions Band? If so, con­sider join­ing the Mi’Kmaq First Na­tions As­sem­bly of New­found­land as we fight this de­ci­sion. Con­tact us at 1-709-388-6362 or check us out on our web­site www. mf­


New­found­land and Labrador Laubach Lit­er­acy Coun­cil is of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove read­ing, speak­ing and com­pre­hen­sion (in English) in a confidential and con­ve­nient way from home for FREE us­ing the The Road to Yes­ter­day Mu­seum and the Christo­pher Pratt Gallery in the Ca­ble Build­ing, Wa­ter Street, Bay Roberts are on the Fall-Win­ter sched­ule open 2-4 p.m. Wed­nes­days only. Spe­cial tours can be ar­ranged by ap­point­ment and pay­ment of the pre­scribed fee.

Calendar is a com­mu­nity ser­vice of­fered by The Com­pass to pro­vide non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions with space free-ofcharge to pro­mote their meet­ings and com­mu­nity events. We re­serve the right to edit out ticket prices, ad­mis­sion fees, and any other items we con­sider to be pre-paid ad­ver­tis­ing. Sub­mit list­ings to edi­tor@cb­n­com­


Brian Robert King out­side Harbour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court in 2016. Short­list for 2017 New­found­land and Labrador Book Awards Non-Fic­tion and E.J Pratt Po­etry Award will be an­nounced at the Car­bon­ear Pub­lic Li­brary Wed­nes­day, April 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. Funded by Art­sNL and the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion NL. Read­ings by Charis Cot­ter and An­drew Pea­cock

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