Bail de­nied for Grand Bank man

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FARRELL Colin.farrell@south­erngazette.ca

A re­quest for ju­di­cial in­terim re­lease by a Grand Bank man has been de­nied.

The ac­cused, Win­ston Ernest Baker, is await­ing trial on a num­ber of of­fences in­clud­ing firearms charges and nu­mer­ous counts of pos­sess­ing prop­erty ob­tained by crime.

The 39-year-old sus­pect was ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint of mis­chief in March. In the course of in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mis­chief, po­lice ob­tained and ex­e­cuted a war­rant for a Grand Bank res­i­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to a March 16 RCMP press re­lease, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found and seized from the res­i­dence a num­ber of stolen items in­clud­ing an ATV, firearms, swords and knives on March 15.

They ar­rested Baker and charged him with mis­chief, five counts of care­less use of a firearm, tam­per­ing with a ve­hi­cle iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime and breach of re­cog­ni­zance. He ap­peared in Grand Bank Provin­cial Court March 20 and was re­manded in cus­tody.

As a re­sult of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice ob­tained and ex­e­cuted more war­rants and seized a sec­ond ATV, chain saws, other power tools, a gen­er­a­tor, water pump, out­board mo­tor and var­i­ous other items, adding ad­di­tional charges.

Judge Harold Porter heard the re­quest for re­lease at a bail hear­ing on May 2 in provin­cial court in Grand Bank and de­liv­ered a writ­ten de­ci­sion May 4 in which he de­nied re­lease. The rea­sons for the judge’s de­ci­sion can­not be pub­lished due to a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

Baker faces a to­tal of more than 40 charges. A trial date has not been set, but Porter said it would be ex­pe­dited on the docket be­cause of the ac­cused’s con­tin­ued in­car­cer­a­tion.

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