Bail denied for Grand Bank man
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.