Testimony wraps up in home invasion trial

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PICTOU – The Crown called its final witnesses Wednesday in the home invasion trial of a 23-year-old Pictou County man. 

Micah Scott Jacob Osborne has pleaded not guilty to a single count of break-and-enter with the intent to commit mischief on March 4 in Trenton. Three other men, Robert MacInnis, Corey Calverly and Frank Crook, are also accused of the same charge. 

Previous testimony from Calverly and MacInnis depicted a night of heavy drinking that coincided with heated discussions as to whether MacInnis’s girlfriend had cheated on him. The men said they jumped into Osborne’s car and headed to two different homes where they smashed the windows out of a van and did some damage inside the home of Brent Falconer.

Both men testified that they didn't think Osborne had been drinking and he was driving the vehicle. They said Osborne stayed outside Falconer’s home while three of them went inside.

The trial continued Wednesday with Corey Keating describing how he answered Falconer’s door to men looking to speak with Falconer.

Keating said when Falconer told the men to go away, they kicked in the locked door and two of the men had a crowbar and bat in their hands that they used to smash up items in the home.

“I didn't invite anyone in,” he said. “They blew in the door.”

Crown attorney Bill Gorman called Falconer to the stand who echoed much of Keating’s testimony. He said he locked his door after refusing to step outside with MacInnis and Calverly and the next thing he heard was his door crashing open.

Falconer said he felt threatened by MacInnis who had a bat in his hand and was yelling at him to stay away from his girlfriend.

“I was focused on Robbie because I wasn’t sure if he was going to crack me with the bat or not,” he said. “He kept raising it like he was going to swing it. It made me nervous.”

Falconer said Calverly was in the kitchen with the crowbar smashing some items while MacInnis used the bat to clear his coffee table and shatter an ashtray. He testified that Crook stood in the doorway of his home with a knife in his hand.

When the men left his home, he said he heard his outside light shatter before he saw them get into a car to leave.

“They got in a vehicle that was running outside the house,” he said.

Gorman called Crook to the stand, but he offered little eyewitness testimony since he told the court he was too drunk that night to remember anything.

He did confirm the men were travelling in Osborne’s vehicle and Osborne was driving, but he said he has no memory of going to Falconer’s home.

“I remember waking up in my girlfriend’s bed the next morning,” he said. “I don’t remember anything else. Everything is a blur.”

However, a neighbour of Falconer’s testified that she did remember seeing three men leave his home after 10 p.m. on March 4 and get into a waiting vehicle.

“I saw three people coming down the steps and all of them were male,” said Krista Oakley, who lives in the same mobile home park as Falconer. “I could hear a little noise and saw them getting into a car. I saw a bat in the hand of one of them as they were leaving. Two got into the driver’s side backseat and one in the front passenger side. It looked like someone was waiting. Like the car was ready to go.”

Before the Crown rested its case, Gorman entered a police interview of Osborne into evidence while the defence didn’t call any witnesses or evidence.

Final arguments from the Crown and defence will take place on Feb. 24.  Meanwhile, the co-accused in the case will return to court in the spring to enter pleas. 

Geographic location: Trenton

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Recent comments

  • skippy
    December 05, 2013 - 15:33

    This type of behavior is far to common in pictou county lately. I hope a defense of drinking to much does not justify their actions in the eyes of the judicial system, which they have no doubt already dealt with. I recall reading an article in the news not long ago where one of these individuals was "afraid" to return to NSCC because peanuts were not banned from the building. If one plans to look for sympathy or community support perhaps one should follow the laws of society! No sympathy here.

    • Bill
      June 04, 2014 - 11:19

      Skippy your comment is a joke