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Accused in Victoria home invasion requests preliminary inquiry, trial by judge and jury

Paul Hanlon, accused of taking part in a 2017 home invasion, has requested to have his case heard by a judge and jury in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Paul Hanlon, accused of taking part in a 2017 home invasion, has requested to have his case heard by a judge and jury in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. - The Compass

HARBOUR GRACE, NL — One of the three men accused of participating in a 2017 home invasion in Victoria has elected to have his case heard by judge and jury in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Before that happens, Paul Hanlon’s matter will be the subject of a one-day preliminary inquiry to test evidence and determine whether there are reasonable grounds for the case to proceed to trial.

The 51-year-old is charged with break and enter, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, disguised with intent and uttering threats. Hanlon and two other men — Jordan Aubie and Rocky Nicholson — were arrested last September after police were called to a home in Victoria. According to an RCMP news release, four people, including two of the accused, were treated in hospital following the alleged confrontation.

Aubie entered not guilty pleas earlier this year to similar charges and has a two-day trial scheduled for July of this year in Harbour Grace. In addition to Hanlon’s matter, Nicholson’s case was also called at the local courthouse Wednesday and set over to May 23 for a status update.

Hanlon’s one-day preliminary inquiry is set for Sept. 7 in Harbour Grace. None of the three accused men are in custody.

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