‘Hands in the air for baby Quinn,’ Justin Jor­dan says to re­porters

The Compass - - Front page - BY ROSIE MULLALEY

The man ac­cused of try­ing to kill Trent Butt gave a shout-out last Thurs­day to the lit­tle girl Butt is sus­pected of mur­der­ing.

“Put your hands in the air for baby Quinn,” Justin Michael Jor­dan said to sev­eral re­porters while be­ing led into the court­room at provin­cial court in St. John’s that morn­ing.

Jor­dan made a brief ap­pear­ance be­fore Judge Mark Pike. Lawyers opted to have Jor­dan un­dergo a lunch-hour psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

When Jor­dan re­turned to court Thurs­day af­ter­noon, duty coun­sel Cather­ine Boyde told the judge that doc­tors at the Water­ford Hospi­tal re­quested a fur­ther week-long eval­u­a­tion. Jor­dan is due back in court June 22.

Jor­dan, 25, was said to have stabbed Butt sev­eral times with a shank while they were in the out­side recre­ation area at Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary (HMP) in St. John’s on June 8.

Butt’s shirt was said to have been soaked with blood and he was im­me­di­ately treated by HMP med­i­cal staff. He hasn’t had any med­i­cal is­sues since and is re­cov­er­ing, sources say.

Butt made head­lines last year when he al­legedly killed his young daugh­ter. He has pleaded not guilty to first-de­gree mur­der and ar­son in re­la­tion to the death of his daugh­ter, Quinn, who was five years old. Butt and Quinn were found in­side his burn­ing home on Hay­den Heights in Carbonear on April 24, 2016.

Butt has been in cus­tody since then. His trial is set for 2018.

Jor­dan, mean­while, has an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal back­ground, with sev­eral vi­o­lent of­fences in­volv­ing weapons.

On May 4, he was sen­tenced to six months in jail and two years’ pro­ba­tion. He was con­victed on charges of as­sault­ing a man with a weapon, mis­chief, ut­ter­ing threats to po­lice of­fi­cers and breach­ing pro­ba­tion. That was in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent on April 20.

At 12:30 a.m., Jor­dan stabbed the man on Em­pire Av­enue and took off. The 45-year-old man was taken to hospi­tal be­fore emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived. Po­lice say the two men know each other.

RNC of­fi­cers tracked Jor­dan to an apart­ment build­ing on Anspatch Street, in west-end St. John’s, where he lived and had bar­ri­caded him­self in­side. Po­lice say Jor­dan told of­fi­cers he was armed and he smashed out a win­dow in the unit.

Af­ter po­lice ne­go­ti­ated with Jor­dan for a few hours, he gave him­self up at 3:30 a.m. and was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

On Sept. 21, 2016, he re­ceived a five-month jail term, with a year’s pro­ba­tion, on charges of car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon and pos­sess­ing a dan­ger­ous weapon.

On Aug. 21, 2012, he was con­victed of as­sault with a weapon and got a four­month prison sen­tence.

He was handed a 3 1/2year prison term on Feb. 3, 2010, af­ter he was con­victed of rob­bery, break and en­ter, and pos­sess­ing il­le­gal drugs.

Justin Jor­dan is es­corted to a St. John’s court­room.

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