House-wrecker pleads guilty

by Chris Meyers Almey
Northern News Services

NNSL (Mar 07/97) - A woman driven out of Yellowknife partly because she believed the man she had been living with had vandalized her home had those suspicions confirmed last week.

Michael Gabriel Jones, 34, pleaded guilty on Friday in Supreme Court to a break and enter offence that occurred at 19 Johnston Cres. last spring.

Justice Ted Richard convicted Jones and remanded him in custody until March 14 for sentencing.

Crown attorney Alan Regel said Jones vandalized the house May 25 and damaged it again June 1, finding a pop bottle with his fingerprints on it.

RCMP used a dog to search the house and caught Jones inside a crawl space, Regel said.

The woman who owned the house had been advised by both RCMP and the Crown that her life could be in danger if she stayed in the city after Jones' release on June 7.

A Mountie advised the woman to take the next flight out of town and three hours later she did just that.

She returned to Yellowknife in mid-July because of business commitments but didn't stay in her house.

The first week of last September she again moved south to join her children in hiding, even though Jones was in police custody at the time.