Trial dates set for Bonne Bay man who allegedly threatened Newfoundland politicians | Canada | News
CORNER BROOK, NL –
Just over three months after his arrest on alleged threats to the lives of politicians, a Bonne Bay man will be on trial on April 30 on some of the resulting charges.
George Brake, 66, of Shoal Brook, Bonne Bay, was arrested in Deer Lake on January 26 after news to the RCMP that he had been sent to Deer Lake to halt provincial elections.
Police located Brake’s pickup on the Trans-Canada Highway and tried to stop him. However, he fled the police at high speed and was followed by persecution.
The chase ended when Brake pulled into the parking lot of Jim Goudie’s law firm, then the PC candidate in the election, in Deer Lake. The police found about three dozen hunting and tactical knives in his pickup truck.
A 12-gauge Benelli shotgun and a Browning .300 lever rifle were later confiscated from its trailer in Shoal Brook.
Brake is accused of 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.
The firearms charge came on January 27 after police issued an arrest warrant for his supporter.
George Brake – Facebook picture
Brake has not pleaded guilty to all charges, and the April 30 trial of the first four charges was set during an appearance in a provincial court in Corner Brook on Wednesday. The brake appeared on a conference call from Waterford Hospital in St. John’s.
Brake intends to file a charter application against the search warrant that led to the gun charges.
His attorney, Gary Kearney, is due to have the application filed in court by April 16. A hearing will take place on May 6th. A judge then decides what evidence in relation to the arrest warrant might be admissible in court.
The trial of the two gun charges is scheduled for May 14th.
There is also an application to the court to order the weapons confiscated by the police. This request was postponed to May 14th.
Diane Crocker reports on West Coast news.