“AYLMER COUNCIL APPROVES BANDSHELL RESTORATION”
Aylmer – Council approved the Bandshell Restoration option from Rylett Engineers on Monday that will cost $158,855.40 and will include basic repairs to the bandshell, an accessibility ramp, a barrier free washroom, a community room, use for about 9 months of the year and some reliance on community donations. The next step will be going back to the Engineer to finalize the drawings and prepare the tender documents to go out for tender.
“JOE WEBBER ACQUITTAL CASE UPDATE:”
(Last week’s Aylmer Express reported that Webber had recently been acquitted of charges from a Bayham robbery in 2006 after he had spent over a year and a half in jail)
In November 2006 two masked men, one white and one black, forced their way into a Bayham residence and, brandishing a gun, demanded cash. The black man then forced the male owner to drive to Tillsonburg to withdraw cash and upon returning ,the family, husband, wife, son and son’s friend, were tied up. The next day Joseph Webber of Bayham was charged with the crime; the second man was never found. In December, 2007 at the trial, Webber was identified by the husband as the robber. Webber was sentenced to 5 years plus the 15 pre-trial months he had spent in jail.
In June, 2008, Justin Parry, now 29 of Norwich, while in custody for numerous other offences, admitted to this robbery. A black man, Mansa Adisa Fraser, now 24, of Hamilton , also in prison, then admitted to being his accomplice. Parry’s criminal record was lengthy – he was sentenced in July, 2007 to 7 years for robbing 3 banks in Huron County and for theft of drugs and a shootout with police in Brant County; he and Fraser had been involved in a previous home invasion in October, 2006 where a shot was fired; he was about to be sentenced to another 22 years in August 2008 for some 25 home invasions over a 6 year period throughout southwestern Ontario. Fraser was incarcerated for various thefts and home invasions in the Hamilton area.
This is part of Parry’s 2008 court statement (from the Brantford Expositor):
“If there’s anyone amongst you who hears what I’m saying, but doesn’t understand me. Who sees what I’m doing but still doesn’t believe me, I would have to assume that you don’t believe you’re really sitting on a chair. In a real courtroom. With a real judge listening to a real remorseful man who’s convicting himself right in front of you. I would have to assume you don’t believe in wind, either, since you can’t see it. But you can feel it. Can’t you feel my sorrow for what I’ve done? Can’t you see I’m honestly trying to change my life? Don’t you believe by seeing my actions how hurt I really am for all the pain and suffering I’ve caused?
If anybody still has a doubt about my sincerity in changing my life and following the word of God, I pray that your eyes might be opened before your judgment day. For in doing what I’m doing, God will call me His faithful child. I will find favour from God for doing what’s righteous in His eyes. And the same God who’s going to judge my heart is the same God who’s going to judge your heart. May the fear of the Lord be in you, as it is in me.”
After Parry’s confession, Webber was released on bail and this past January was acquitted by the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Bayham family has since moved to the US. The following is from the Court of Appeal’s transcription of why Parry’s confession was believable:
“Mr. Parry provides a significant level of detail in his police statement that accords with the facts of the robbery, including:
o The robbery occurred during the day in October or November 2006;
o His partner drove his own car, a silver Nissan Versa;
o There was a long driveway to the home;
o His role as the instigator of the robbery;
o He had a black partner;
o He carried a shotgun;
o He knew they had a safe;
o There were four people in the home;
o They went into the basement and there was a male hiding in a closet;
o He asked the male who came out of the closet whether he called the police;
o The father offered to go to the bank and get money;
o The father left with Parry’s partner and went to the bank;
o He stayed with the family and apologized to them. He told them he was addicted to crack cocaine and that the kids should stay away from drugs;
o He had a cigarette at the house that he took from one of the victims but he was careful not to leave a butt at the scene;
o His partner took electronics and video games from the home;
o There was a farrier coming to the house that day;
o There was a child coming home from school at the end of the day;
o They tied the family using plastic tie straps; and,
o His half of the proceeds was $3000.
• The Ontario Provincial Police confirmed aspects of Mr. Parry’s account:
o Mr. Parry pointed out the home to investigators;
o Mr. Parry’s account of how he learned about the safe in the home (through his friend’s partner, , whose younger sister dated the son) was confirmed
o Mr. Parry’s account of paying the friend $500 for the information about the safe was confirmed
o Plastic strap ties linked to another home invasion robbery that Parry committed are made by the same manufacturer as the ones used in this home invasion robbery and are the same colour, length and have the same lot number.