Men suspected of vandalizing schools, church appear in court

Rosie Mullaley
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Gregory Caines (left) and Nicholas Matthew Parrish appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday, a day after they were arrested for allegedly vandalizing two schools and a church. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Two men suspected of vandalizing two high schools and a church in St. John’s Wednesday night have been released from jail.

Nicholas Matthew Parrish, 20, and Gregory Caines, 18, appeared in provincial court this morning.

The two sat quietly in the prisoners’ dock as Judge Greg Brown read the charges.

The men are jointly charged with break and enter at Gonzaga high school and three counts of damaging property — at Gonzaga, Rennie’s River Elementary School and St. Pius X Church.

Parrish was released on a non-cash recognizance, which included a $1,000 surety and a $500 personal surety.

The conditions of his release include that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour, adhere to a curfew and notify police of any change of address.

He’s not permitted to consume alcohol or enter any establishment that sells alcohol, or traffic in illegal drugs. He was ordered to stay away from Gonzaga, Rennies Mill Elementary and St. Pius X Church and is to have no contact with the Caines.

He’s due back in court July 29.

Caines’ case was postponed until this afternoon to allow him time to confirm a surety.

The two were arrested after police responded to a report of glass smashing in the Gonzaga area at around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived, they discovered Gonzaga, Rennies Mill school and St. Pius X Church all had windows broken out.

Gonzaga had been broken into and considerable damage done inside.

Parrish and Caines were picked up by police shortly afterwards in the Long Pond Road area.

A 17-year-old female youth was also arrested, but was released to appear in court at a later date. Her name is protected by a publication ban.

Organizations: Pius X Church, River Elementary School, Rennies Mill school

Geographic location: Long Pond Road

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