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