Ed Drover to appeal with new witness

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Guilty plea should never have been considered: Drover’s lawyer

Ed Drover is appealing his conviction for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
The financial adviser and Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board member was sentenced in February after pleading guilty to a single count.

At Supreme Court in St. John’s this morning, lawyers for Drover were granted an extension to file an appeal by Justice Carl Thompson.

The case will be back in court on Aug. 4, at which time a date is expected to be set for the appeal hearing.

When he entered his guilty plea, through an agreed statement of facts, Drover admitted to driving in downtown St. John’s on Aug. 23, 2010 and, encountering road repair work near Rawlins Cross, pushing a City of St. John’s employee with his Range Rover a couple of times when the employee tried to stop him from entering the construction area.

The worker was trying to stop the vehicle because of a piece of heavy equipment was crossing the road at the time. A flag person on site saw Drover’s vehicle hit the city worker and walked over.

“(He) positioned himself in front of the Range Rover and was also pushed by the vehicle, causing him to fall down,” notes the agreed statement.

According to lawyer, Bob Simmonds, the decision to appeal was made after he became aware of a witness in the case — one who was apparently in the vehicle behind Drover at the time.

If Simmonds had known about the witness sooner, he said, he would never have suggested a guilty plea as an option for his client.

The witness has signed an affidavit.

With the acceptance of the Crown, Thompson agreed to an extension for Drover’s attorneys.

Drover had no criminal record at the time of his original sentencing. Simmonds also presented a trio of character witnesses on his behalf. Ultimately, he was given an absolute discharge, with a victim surcharge of $1,500 to be paid within three months.

The first man to be struck by Drover’s vehicle, Robert Doyle, read an impact statement at the time of the sentencing, describing a visit to the hospital, subsequent knee problems and physiotherapy, which continues to this day.

Two civil actions have been launched in relation to the case.


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Recent comments

  • Marshall Art
    July 04, 2014 - 11:24

    Hey, M, there is no 'other side' to this . A guy making a six figure salary with the CNLOPB, driving his $100,000 + luxury vehicle, wasn't about to have two lowly blue collar workers stop him from driving through a construction area. The two individuals who've launched civil suits are not 'opportunists', they're simply people who were injured by the irresponsible actions of someone too self important to listen to listen to people looking out for his safety. The civil suits have a better chance of success because, with the appeal, and one of the best lawyers money can buy, anything can happen. Perhaps the 'witness' will swear the workers actually touched the vehicle before it pushed one of them to the ground. lol

  • Corporate Psycho
    July 03, 2014 - 17:12

    He already got a gift? Now he's coming back for more? Should get jail time this round.

  • M
    July 03, 2014 - 15:07

    Now the other side...... Man 'nudged' by car suffering knee problems and needs continuing physio??!! Likely still on workers compensation and has indeed launched a civil suit. Who is the opportunist here? If the matter ended with a $1500 fine this would be over. The civil suit makes further action necessary. I say appeal away. Another guy trying to take advantage of the system to get an insurance pay out.

    • Guy Incognito
      July 03, 2014 - 16:51

      Doesn't change the fact that this guy knocked down two workers intentionally. He pleaded guilty and got a little fine. Now he wants to appeal? How far would $1500 go in lawyers fees? This guy has an agenda. He feels dirty because he was slandered by the commoners.

  • gb
    July 03, 2014 - 12:25

    He got an absolute discharge after assaulting two people with a dangerous weapon causing bodily harm?? Yes bye bring on your new found witness and appeal it. I hope you get a more approprate sentence this time around.

  • guy incognito
    July 03, 2014 - 12:20

    This guy only received a small fine for knocking down two commoners with his douche-mobile....and now he is appealing it...... Mabye he will sue the city for putting those peons in his way in the first place.....