Accused in murder investigation appears in court

Bonnie Learning
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A very subdued Gordon Raymond Milley entered Courtroom #1 at Provincial Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this afternoon.

The 30-year-old Sheshatshiu man was charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 21-year old Bernice Rich, originally of Natushshish.

The incident took place on Friday, June 14, in Sheshatshiu. Her body was found in wooded area in the community and the police investigation is on-going.

Milley appeared before Judge William English for a status hearing at 1:30 today.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Milley also faces a sexual assault charge in relation to the incident, as well as three additional charges, including breach of recognizance and public mischief.

Judge English noted due to the seriousness of the charges, further court dates would be set for pleas to all five charges against Milley.

Michel Rich, an Innu translator for today’s status hearing, cited possible conflict of interest, as he had a connection to the deceased in the case. However, both Crown and Defence had no issue with it, and after a short recess, Milley determined he, too, was fine with Rich continuing as translator for the rest of today’s hearing. Judge English did note, however, that other arrangements would be made for further court proceedings as it related to Milley.

As no evidence was called today, the Crown requested Milley stay in remand until such time a date was set for plea entry.

Judge English set the court date for Milley to enter pleas to the charges against him for July 3. He also advised Milley he was entitled to seek a lawyer for full legal advice at anytime and can apply for legal aid assistance should he not be able to afford a lawyer.

The Labradorian will keep you updated on this story as it continues.

Geographic location: Sheshatshiu, Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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Recent comments

  • Native Newfoundlander
    June 18, 2013 - 07:44

    Another perfect example of how sentencing circles and probation DO NOT WORK. Accountability, incarceration & hard labour used to work. If we had an effective judicial system in this province, lives can be saved.

  • Fred from Brigus
    June 18, 2013 - 05:51

    A NLer not speaking English. No wonder our young people have lost their way. Just wondering.