Men suspected of vandalism released from jail

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 Thursday 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.

The two were released on conditions that include that they keep the peace and be of good behaviour, adhere to a curfew and notify police of any change of address.

They’re not permitted to consume alcohol or enter any establishment that sells alcohol, or traffic in illegal drugs. They were ordered to stay away from Gonzaga, Rennies Mill Elementary and St. Pius X Church and were told to have no contact with each other.

They’re due back in court July 29.

A 17-year-old female was also arrested in connection with the incident, but was released to appear in court at a later date. Her name cannot be published under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Const. Suzanne FitzGerald said the RNC received a call shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday identifying two males causing exterior damage to Gonzaga.

After officers arrived, a second call received by the RNC reported sounds of breaking glass near St. Pius X church and Rennie’s River Elementary School.

After responding to that call, officers arrested the three suspects. Officers reported there was evidence of alcohol consumption.

FitzGerald said damage to the interior of Gonzaga was considerable.

Four windows were broken at St. Pius X and one was broken at Rennie’s River Elementary.

FitzGerald said information obtained by the RNC indicates there may have been others involved in the incidents.

She commended the two individuals who contacted the RNC with information on the alleged acts of vandalism.

“These two (individuals) who assisted police provided fantastic detail and truly did assist the RNC officers in enabling them to obtain enough evidence to lay the charges against these three individuals,” she said.

Organizations: RNC, Pius X Church, Gonzaga High School

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