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A single charge of forgery against Marystown Mayor Sam Synard has been dismissed.
Judge Harold Porter dismissed the charges in provincial court in Grand Bank on Tuesday, Aug. 29, stating, “Mr. Synard, the Crown tells me that it concedes that it can not prove the charge that was laid against you.
“Given there is no evidence to support the charges, the charge is dismissed, which means that you are free to go.”
The 57-year-old veteran municipal leader was charged in July over an allegation he forged an affidavit. The charge was later amended by the Crown to have the wording changed from affidavit to document.
Synard said he is happy with the courts decision to dismiss the charge.
“I feel vindicated,” Synard said following the proceedings. “I did nothing wrong, I simply signed a document as Commissioner for Oaths ... (there was) zero monetary value in it for me of course.
“The document simply stated that an individual in Marystown stored an RV, was charged $400, and I was wondering as mayor if the person had a permit to run a business — that’s why I had an interest in the document in the first place, no other interest but that.”
Synard said the complaint was brought forward to the RCMP by Coun. Leonard Pittman.
When contacted by The Southern Gazette, Pittman denied the allegations.
“He was charged by the RCMP,” said Pittman. “The Crown charged him and the Crown dropped the charges, that’s all I can tell ya.
“The RCMP brought forward the charges, I didn’t bring charges forward. I did provide some information, but that was it. The mayor was charged by the RCMP, not by an individual or it would of stated that it was by an individual.”
Attorney Glen Picco, who represented Synard, said the case against his client was weak.
“I put forward position to the Crown from the get go and by the results today, basically they never had a reasonable prospect of conviction so the case was terminated very quickly,” Picco said. “So that just supports our position that it was an extremely weak case.”
Synard said the charges impacted him and his family.
Marystown Mayor Sam Synard is looking forward to moving on after charges of uttering a forged document were dismissed on Tuesday, Aug. 29.