Two peo­ple charged in New Year’s Eve shoot­ing re­leased

Fur­ther court ap­pear­ances slated for later this month

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

A 17-year-old youth ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Grand Bank last week, charged with at­tempted mur­der, point­ing a firearm, care­less use of a firearm, as well as breach of a re­cog­ni­zance.

The charges are in re­la­tion to a shoot­ing that oc­curred in the com­mu­nity of Brook­side around 11 p.m. on Dec. 31.

A 16-year-old male from the com­mu­nity re­mains in hos­pi­tal in St. John’s, hav­ing suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries to his up­per right chest from what po­lice de­scribed as a close-range shot­gun wound.

The youth charged in the in­ci­dent — who can­not be named be­cause of his age — was re­leased on bail fol­low­ing an ap­pear­ance be­fore Judge Harold Porter on Jan. 4. A num­ber of con­di­tions were at­tached to his re­lease.


Fran­cis Bragg also made an ap­pear­ance in court last week.

The 33- year- old is also fac­ing a num­ber of charges in­clud­ing crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing bod­ily harm, and pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited de­vice with­out be­ing the holder of a li­cense. He was also re­leased on a num­ber of con­di­tions.

Next ap­pear­ances

The 17-year-old male will make his next ap­pear­ance in pro­vin­cial court on Jan.18.

Bragg is set to ap­pear in court again on Jan. 25.

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