Bradley Adams looking at mul­ti­ple years in prison for home in­va­sion

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS AND AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Bradley Adams out­side Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court in Jan­u­ary 2016.

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