Man found guilty of robbery

Jim Day
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Derry Bird latest accused to be convicted in Emyvale home invasion in May 2012

Scales of justice

Derry Ian Bird showed no emotion as a judge found him guilty Friday of robbing and beating a convicted drug dealer.

His parents were not so unflappable.

Bird's mother, Angela, buried her face in her hand and wept out loud when P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice Gordon Campbell issued the guilty verdict.

CLICK HERE FOR BACKGROUND ON THE TRIAL

Bird's father, Michael, grumbled his disgust over the judge's decision, leading Derry Bird to look over his shoulder and try to quiet him. Michael Bird then asked, but was denied, permission to address the court.

All three of the Birds took the stand during the trial.

Campbell said before delivering his guilty verdict that none were believable.

Angela and Michael Bird both gave testimony placing their son at their residence at the time of the robbery that took place at approximately 3 a.m. on May 28, 2012.

Campbell says the testimony was neither credible nor reliable, and at times was even contradictory.

Derry Bird, 22, of Charlottetown apparently did not help his case either by choosing to take the stand, which he was not obliged to do. He testified he neither took part in the robbery nor in the planning of the crime.

Campbell says there were several "illogical'' aspects to Derry Bird's testimony about a letter he wrote in which he referenced a robbery. Bird testified that the robbery referred to in the letter was not the robbery in question at Dean Fairhurst's house in Emyvale.

CLICK HERE FOR A TIMELINE OF EVENTS SURROUNDING THE CASE

Campbell says while there were some inconsistencies in the testimony of Crown witnesses, none created any reasonable doubt about the key elements of the case.

The judge says he believes the testimony of Fairhurst, who told the court two men broke into his home, beat him, stole his drugs and tied him up.

Fairhurst, who is serving a seven-year sentence for drug trafficking, testified that he was cooking and smoking crack cocaine at his home in Emyvale when two men in masks broke down his door, held a gun to his head, kicked him repeatedly and ransacked his house.

Campbell says Fairhurst's mother as well as accomplices that have also been convicted for their role in the robbery provided credible testimony that corroborated key aspects in the crime.

He says he found Jennifer Wakelin and Kaylee MacLean to be "credible and sincere'' when they testified that they waited in a car while Bird and Chase Roper committed the armed robbery. Roper, who is Wakelin's boyfriend, was sentenced in June to four years in prison for his role in the robbery.

Bird, who is currently serving a sentence in a federal correctional facility for drug trafficking, will be sentenced March 28.

Geographic location: Emyvale

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  • Sad Sad
    February 15, 2014 - 07:33

    This case is a perfect example of why it's important for the career drug dealers that are 40+, recently arrested, to have an extremely long sentence in federal prison. They prey on young people and the young people are stuck when the head bosses encourage addiction. Then the career criminals have the young in a corner. Yes Mr. Bird, as well as his parents,have to face reality and get some help. There will never be a positive outcome for this family until they all face the reality that their son has an addiction to drugs, and an addiction to this "fantasy world" that everything will be fine. Its time for tough love and tough prison sentences

  • Some things never change
    February 14, 2014 - 20:28

    Having worked at the Delta Hotel while Michael Bird was the general manager, I always knew he was extremely arrogant...but to try and address the court after the verdict? That's classic "Mr. Bird" arrogance. Every minimum wage employee who worked at the Delta under this guy have to be laughing now. Gotta love Karma. Perjury charges would be icing on the cake. Excellent work Justice Campbell!

  • Mark Mitchell
    February 14, 2014 - 16:59

    The Parents should have been charged with perjury. How can this young man learn to to be a productive citizen when his own parents are not even making him be held responsible for his actions

  • No sympathy
    February 14, 2014 - 13:34

    He has always been a criminal and will continue to be unless punished. Time to clean up.

  • Danielle
    February 14, 2014 - 12:22

    Its called a mistake. Some make the mistake of having children too young, some make the mistake of forgetting to turn the oven off and their house burns down as a result, some dont pay attention and get into car accidents. He was only 20 at the time and he made a mistake. A mistake thats costing him years off his life. Everyone reading this article has made mistakes in their lives, be thankful you are much luckier than him. Hes a great person and no jail sentence will change that. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and I know for a fact that Derry will live a productive and happy life once this is all behind him.

    • MISTAKE?? I THINK NOT
      February 14, 2014 - 13:58

      At Danielle.... you're calling this a mistake? I am calling this as it is, a CRIME.... a crime is not a mistake... a car accident due to carelessness, yes that is a mistake, forgetting to turn off the oven, another great example of a mistake... however, making a conscious decision to PLAN and CARRY OUT an armed robbery of a KNOWN drug dealer is certainly not what I nor many people would call a mistake. Not to mention wasting tax payers dollars by orchestrating a farce of a trial wherein he perjured himself and had his parents do the same, when he could have/should have pled guilty and saved a lot of time, energy and money in doing so. Pull your head out of the sand.... I think the old adage "Do the crime, do the time" is very fitting in this case. Unless I am "MISTAKEN" this is not his first run in with the law either. Kudos to Judge Campbell for calling out the entire Bird family on their dishonesty. As for "only being 20" when this happened...grow up, 20 years old is considered an adult in society and unless he is seriously congentively delayed he should, by age 20 certainly know right from wrong. Perhaps Mr. Bird should have "manned" up & taken responsibility for his crimes. He was "man" enough to commit the crime wasn't he?

    • Robert
      February 15, 2014 - 07:09

      No mistake...just a career criminal. Bird would do this as long as he can make money selling drugs to kids. JUST ANOTHER DIRT BAG.!!!

  • Annie
    February 14, 2014 - 10:38

    Career criminal -- throw away the key.

    • Dubs Checkum
      February 14, 2014 - 11:18

      I'm glad you're not the person in charge of holding the key. He's 22-23. He has an entire life time to realize how stupid this was and how poisonous he and the people around him are. While not always the case, people can change.

    • Yay Annie
      February 15, 2014 - 07:06

      I wish Annie was in charge...