Judge hears the facts in Bay Roberts home invasion case


Published on April 19, 2017

Bradley Adams

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When Bradley Adams robbed a Bay Roberts woman in January of 2016, there was apparently a lot going on in his mind.

On Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Paul Thistle read from the agreed statement of facts in Adams' home invasion case. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of committing robbery, breaking and entering and committing an indictable offence, theft of a motor vehicle and resisting or obstructing a police officer. The Crown has agreed to withdraw two other charges.

Adams, who is not in custody, was present in Harbour Grace Provincial Court Wednesday along with members of his family. His sentencing hearing will take place Friday morning at 9 a.m. The case was at one point scheduled to go to trial before the defence elected to change his not guilty pleas.

According to the agreed statement of facts, the female victim called police at 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2016 to report a home invasion. The woman told officers she was getting ready for bed when she heard breaking and crashing sounds.

She went to check on what was happening and heard a man say, "I'm going to kill you." He had a knife, then chased and grabbed at her, repeating the same phrase. The woman managed to get a hold of him and get his arms behind his back.

She said the man told her to let him go or he'd kill her. Later, she said he offered to leave her unharmed if she'd let him go, though he would need to take her vehicle to flee the area. She said he mentioned there were people outside who would hurt him.

In a statement provided to police shortly after his arrest, Adams claimed a man had pointed a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if he didn't go inside the home. Police later confirmed the man in question was working offshore at the time of the robbery.

As the struggle continued, the woman grew physically weaker and agreed to let him go and give him the keys to her vehicle. He then left. The encounter left her with several small cuts and bruises.

When police arrived, she offered a description of the intruder and mentioned at the time she thought it might have been Adams, who had in the past mowed her lawn and shoveled snow out of her driveway. Police went to Adams house and discovered he wasn't home.

The victim's vehicle was eventually spotted at the Whitbourne Irving on the Trans Canada Highway. When police confronted Adams, he initially identified himself as Adam Janes, though another officer who arrived at the scene later managed to identify him as Bradley Adams.

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Speaking to police shortly after his arrest, Adams admitted to breaking into the home and acknowledged the confrontation with the victim.