Bradley Adams looking at multiple years in prison for home invasion
Judging from what lawyers in Harbour Grace had to say last Friday, Bradley Adams will be spending the next few years behind bars.
Adams, 19, pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of committing robbery, breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting or obstructing a police officer. The Crown has agreed to withdraw two other charges.
He was arrested Jan. 5, 2016, for breaking into the home of a woman in Bay Roberts. There was a struggle between Adams and the victim before he left in her vehicle. Police arrested him in Whitbourne.
Last Friday, Crown lawyer Paul Thistle recommended six and a half years of incarceration for Adams, making note of similar cases where the accused were sentenced to anywhere between five to seven years.
Thistle went on to explain that Adams seemed to commit the crime irrationally, which was uncommon in other home invasion cases.
Thistle explained that in other cases of home invasions, the accused were known to commit the crime for various reasons, such as intent to steal drugs or alcohol, or money. Adams, however, had no such motivations.
With this in mind, Thistle said that Adams was a risk to the public.
Kevin Baker, Adams’ lawyer, agreed that there was no hiding or explaining away the fact that Adams would be doing time, but instead proposed four to five years.
Baker explained that the cases mentioned by Thistle involved repeat offenders, and offenders that were in their 40s and 50s. Baker went on to explain that Adams, however, is 19 years old and this was his first time appearing before the court as an adult.
Baker also went on to note that Adams has been in the community, without incident, for several months, and does not believe he is such a risk to society. Along with this, Adams recently spent a year and a half in Ontario, where he attended a youth at risk program.
Baker said he didn’t see rehabilitation as a long shot, given Adams’ willingness to work on improving himself.
Adams and his family remained quiet during the hearing.
Agreed statement of facts
According to the agreed statement of facts, which Thistle read for the court last Wednesday, the female victim called police at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2016, to report a home invasion. The woman told officers she was getting ready for bed when she heard breaking and crashing sounds.
She went to check on what was happening and heard a man say, “I’m going to kill you.” He had a knife, then chased and grabbed at her, repeating the same phrase. The woman managed to get a hold of him and get his arms behind his back.
She said the man told her to let him go or he’d kill her. Later, she said he offered to leave her unharmed if she’d let him go, though he would need to take her vehicle to flee the area. She said he mentioned there were people outside who would hurt him.
In a statement provided to police shortly after his arrest, Adams claimed a man had pointed a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if he didn’t go inside the home. Police later confirmed the man in question was working offshore at the time of the robbery.
As the struggle continued, the woman grew physically weaker and agreed to let him go and give him the keys to her vehicle. He then left. The encounter left her with several small cuts and bruises.
When police arrived, she offered a description of the intruder and mentioned at the time she thought it might have been Adams, who had in the past mowed her lawn and shoveled snow out of her driveway. Police went to Adams house and discovered he wasn’t home.
The victim’s vehicle was eventually spotted at the Whitbourne Irving on the Trans Canada Highway. When police confronted Adams, he initially identified himself as Adam Janes, though another officer who arrived at the scene later managed to identify him as Bradley Adams.
Speaking to police shortly after his arrest, Adams admitted to breaking into the home and acknowledged the confrontation with the victim.
Judge Bruce Short will make his decision on Friday, April 28, at 9 a.m.
Bradley Adams outside Harbour Grace provincial court in January 2016.