Fo­cus­ing on re-elec­tion cam­paign

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE GRAND BANK, NL

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.

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Marys­town Mayor Sam Sy­nard is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing on af­ter charges of ut­ter­ing a forged doc­u­ment were dis­missed on Tues­day, Aug. 29.

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