Bank giv­ing prop­erty where Quinn Butt died to Town of Car­bon­ear

CIBC also do­nat­ing $5,000 to O’Shaugh­nessy House

The Compass - - Editorial - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON CAR­BON­EAR ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The bank that re­cently ac­quired own­er­ship of a Car­bon­ear prop­erty where its al­leged Trent Butt mur­dered his daugh­ter Quinn has de­cided to give the land to the town.

CIBC of­fi­cially ac­quired 12 Hay­den Heights shortly af­ter the dead­line for bids came and went March 27. In an emailed state­ment to The Com­pass, district vice-pres­i­dent for CIBC in New­found­land and Labrador Mark McGuire ex­plained the bank’s ra­tio­nale for giv­ing the land to the Town of Car­bon­ear.

“CIBC ac­quired the prop­erty in order to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for the Town to work with com­mu­nity lead­ers to re­pur­pose the land in the best in­ter­ests of the com­mu­nity,” he said. “CIBC hopes that with own­er­ship of the land, the Car­bon­ear com­mu­nity can now move for­ward and heal.”

Mayor Ge­orge Butt Jr. said the town ap­pre­ci­ates CIBC’s ges­ture.

“I think that was good on their part,” he said. “The town can con­trol what goes there and like I say, that would be coun­cil’s de­ci­sion — if they just want to leave it as a va­cant lot or sell it for a build­ing lot or what­ever.”

CIBC ex­pects to com­plete the process of gift­ing the land to the town by May. The bank is also do­nat­ing $5,000 to O’Shaugh­nessy House in Car­bon­ear, a shel­ter for women and chil­dren in need of a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“They’re be­ing very com­mu­nity minded, and that’s good to see,” said the mayor.

The con­tin­ued pres­ence of Trent Butt’s former home un­nerved some lo­cal res­i­dents. Ear­lier this year, coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to is­sue a de­mo­li­tion order, which was car­ried out a few weeks later.

It’s been al­most a year since a fire took place at the home on Hay­den Heights. Trent Butt, charged with first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son, pleaded not guilty last month. His trial be­gins in March of 2018.

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CIBC has con­firmed it will gift the prop­erty at 12 Hay­den Heights to the Town of Car­bon­ear.

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