Corner Brook judge to decide whether or not man who allegedly threatened politicians should get bail | Canada | News


George Brake wants to be released, but the Crown refuses, citing public safety concerns.

Brake, 66, from Shoal Brook, Bonne Bay, has been accused of making threats to harm local politicians.

He appeared on a conference call Monday in Corner Brook Provincial Court for a bail hearing.

Evidence heard during the hearing is prohibited from publication and only information that has been previously made public can be reported.

Brake’s arrest on January 26 came after the RCMP received news that he was en route from Bonne Bay to Deer Lake to “stop” the poll and involved a high-speed chase on the highway and through town .

The chase ended when he pulled into the parking lot of Jim Goudie’s law firm. Goudie is the progressive Conservative candidate for Humber-Gros Morne in the provincial elections.

After his arrest, police found three dozen hunting and tactical knives in his truck in his trailer at Shoal Brook and later two firearms – a 12-guage Benelli shotgun and a Browning .300 lever rifle.

Brake was charged with threatening to possess a gun for a dangerous purpose, to operate a vehicle dangerously, to flee the police, to own two firearms without a license and to carelessly store the two guns and ammunition.

He has been in custody since his arrest and underwent a fitness check-up at Waterford Hospital in St. John’s which was found to be suitable for trial.

Judge Wayne Gorman will make his decision on Brake’s bail request Tuesday.

The hearing was conducted only with the court clerk in the courtroom and all other attendees who connected via conference call as the courthouse was closed to the public. The shutdown is partial restrictions as the province has returned to a level 5 alert due to a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to a UK variant of the virus known to be more infectious than the original strain.

Diane Crocker reports on West Coast news. [email protected] | @WS_DianeCrocker


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