CORNER BROOK The two men charged in a violent home invasion in Corner Brook in June 2011, who are still before the court, had their matters called briefly Friday.
Evan John Power was wanted under a warrant for not appearing in provincial court in Corner Brook when his case was called Tuesday. Friday, however, Crown attorney Ed Ring accepted Power’s explanation that his former lawyer’s office did not notify him of the court date, and the warrant was vacated.
Power turned himself in after hearing the warrant was issued for his arrest.
The matter will be called again Feb. 12. He has been charged with two counts of failure to comply with an appearance notice, and single counts of breaking and entering and committing an offence, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, assault causing bodily harm and mischief relating to property valued at less than $5,000.
Meanwhile, Kyle Campbell, 22, was scheduled to go to trial Jan. 22-23, but the matter was called Friday by Crown attorney Michael Fox to reschedule. His trial will now take place May 16-17. Campbell has pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering and committing an offence, assault causing bodily harm and mischief relating to property valued at less than $5,000.
The charges against both men stem from a break and entry into a Curling-area residence and a subsequent assault of a 21-year-old man who lived there. The other two young men involved have already been convicted of similar charges and were given lengthy prison sentences, ranging from two years less a day for Justin Therrien, and 28 months for Travis Watkins, both of whom are in their early 20s.
Watkins got a heftier sentence because he was also convicted of additional charges to those related to the break-in and assault in June 2011.
During their sentencings, the court heard the attack on the man was orchestrated because of his alleged sexual involvement with young girls.