Bank giving property where Quinn Butt died to Town of Carbonear
CIBC also donating $5,000 to O’Shaughnessy House
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.
CIBC has confirmed it will gift the property at 12 Hayden Heights to the Town of Carbonear.