Bonne Bay man who threatened Newfoundland and Labrador politicians wants in-person trial | Local | News
CORNER BROOK, NL –
George Brake is not guilty of threatening provincial politicians, but he doesn’t want a trial until he can appear in person.
As part of the current COVID-19 warning level 5, the provincial courts are working with reduced capacity.
Courthouses have been closed to the public and adult and juvenile appearances, trials, hearings and convictions for defendants who are not in custody and scheduled for February 15 through March 12 are being postponed.
However, the courts hear matters from those in custody related to trial, convictions and preliminary investigations through virtual appearances from prison. Judicial proceedings and juvenile prison reviews take place by phone or video.
Shoal Brook’s Bonne Bay, 66-year-old Brake is currently in custody at HMP in St. John’s and appeared on a conference call in Corner Brook Provincial Court on Friday morning.
He has been in custody since his January 26th arrest and was released on bail earlier this week for threats, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, dangerous operation of a vehicle, escaping from the police, possession of two firearms – one 12 – Benelli shotgun and a Browning .300 lever rifle – without a license and careless storage of the two weapons and ammunition.
His arrest came after the RCMP received a notice that he was on his way from Bonne Bay to Deer Lake to “stop” the elections and allegedly threatened the execution of politicians.
Brake was arrested in the parking lot of Jim Goudie’s law firm in Deer Lake after a high-speed police chase. Goudie is the PC candidate in the ongoing provincial elections.
Police found a number of knives in Brakes Truck.
Police say they have confiscated 36 knives from the cab of the suspect’s truck. – Keith Gosse / The Telegram – Keith Gosse
After the summit conviction Crown decided to pursue its case against Brake, Judge Wayne Gorman asked if he was willing to bring charges.
Brake attorney Gary Kearney has subsequently found not guilty of any charges on his behalf.
When it came time to set a trial date, Gorman said the court had plenty of time to spare.
“We can hear things via video conference. We have heard attempts in the past and it works just fine. So there is no need to delay the matter. “
Kearney said if they could videoconference the process, Brake would want it as soon as possible.
But Brake broke the process to say he wanted to speak to Kearney before setting an appointment.
After a brief hiatus, Kearney informed the court that Brake does not want his trial to be scheduled until he can appear in person and that he does not want it to be videoconferenced.
Unsure how long it will be before the court can hold face-to-face trials, Gorman put the matter on March 5 to update the status. At that point, the court may be able to determine when it will be available to try him in person.
Diane Crocker reports on West Coast news. [email protected] | Twitter: @WS_DianeCrocker