Not-guilty plea entered in assault case

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Accused allegedly used bear spray, axe in St. John’s incident

By Andrew Robinson

The Telegram

A man accused of assaulting multiple victims earlier this year in

St. John’s has entered not-guilty pleas for all 10 related charges he faces.

Michael Rakai, 34, appeared in provincial court Monday morning. Lawyer Scott Hurley entered the not-guilty pleas on behalf of Rakai.

His charges stem from events involving three victims that took place on April 9, 2013. Rakai —  who is presently not in custody — allegedly pushed and threatened a woman on Merrymeeting Road that day.

It’s also alleged he went into a house on that street and sprayed bear mace at a man and a woman and swung an axe at that same woman. He allegedly knew all three victims.

A story published at the time of his first appearance in court on April 11 said friends know Rakai by the name “Hatchet.”

The accused faces three counts each of assault with a weapon and uttering threats. He also faces single count charges of assault, property damage under $5,000, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Judge James Walsh has set a two-day trial for Dec. 18 and 19.

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Geographic location: Merrymeeting Road

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