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Kevin Hussey, deputy mayor of the Town of Clarke's Beach, is pictured at the Aug. 13 council meeting.
The Deputy Mayor of Clarke’s Beach has pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft.
Kevin Hussey did not appear in provincial court in Harbour Grace on Sept. 4, but his lawyer, John Crosbie, entered the plea on his behalf.
Hussey is facing one charge of theft over $5,000 for allegedly stealing fill that belonged to Dr. Robert Humber.
The charge stems from an incident that happened on June 20, 2012.
Hussey gave permission for council to remove unwanted fill from his land on Wilsonville Avenue, and dump it in a pond near the town’s public works building, known locally as “The Glam.”
Clarke’s Beach hired a private contractor to do the work, with loads of fill trucked along the old railbed to The Glam over a two-day period.
When an enraged Humber showed up, he produced documents that indicated he owned the fill.
Humber purchased a portion of Hussey's property a year prior for more than $8,000.
However, the bill of sale, which was signed by both parties and a justice of the peace, states that "All fill contained on both pieces of property will be the property of Dr. Humber."
Trial has been set Feb. 20-21.
Meanwhile, Hussey is one of 26 candidates seeking election to the Clarke’s Beach town council on Sept. 24.