Victim expected to make full recovery
Gordon Thomas looked disoriented and walked gingerly as he was led into provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday morning in handcuffs and shackles.
Gordon Thomas of St. John’s was led into provincial court Wednesday. He will return to court Aug. 18 after a week long psychiatric assessment. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Wearing white police-issued coveralls and flip-flops, he didn’t look at reporters and said nothing during his brief time in the courtroom.
A day before, the 38-year-old was said to have caused quite a stir in front of the Village Shopping Centre in the west end of St. John’s, where he allegedly stabbed another man with a knife.
The incident happened at around 5 p.m. Tuesday outside Labels clothing store.
According to police, the men — who had not met before — had a verbal exchange inside the mall before the stabbing happened outside.
A trail of blood could be seen on the sidewalk outside the mall, beginning at the entrance and continuing around the side of the building, where the victim was reportedly lying in a pool of blood.
“Blood was gushing and pooling,” a witness who stopped to help the victim told The Telegram after the incident.
He said the victim told him the man who cut him thought he was following him. He said his attacker took off up Columbus Drive.
Suffering from what appeared to be deep gashes in his left forearm, the victim was taken to hospital.
“We believe, at this point, that he’s going to make a full recovery,” Const. Suzanne FitzGerald told reporters Wednesday afternoon at Royal Newfoundland Constabulary headquarters.
Thomas was arrested shortly afterwards near the Nalcor building, on the corner of Columbus Drive and Canada Drive.
He’s charged with assault causing bodily harm.
During his first appearance in court Wednesday morning, lawyers recommended he undergo a lunch-hour psychiatric assessment.
When Thomas returned to court in the afternoon, Judge Joseph Woodrow informed him that doctors at the Waterford Hospital wanted him to return for a seven-day assessment.
He’s due back in court Aug. 18.
Meanwhile, the RNC’s major crime investigators are still looking for the knife used in the stabbing, “not only for evidentiary purposes, but for the safety of the general public, as well,” FitzGerald said.
It was one of two incidents that happened outside the Village Shopping Centre late Tuesday afternoon.
Street patrol officers who responded to the stabbing were already at the scene investigating an assault.
At around 4:30 p.m., a man reportedly assaulted a woman near the bus stop and then ran away.
The 38-year-old was arrested shortly afterwards. He was released to appear in court at a later date.
The woman didn’t have any major injuries.
Police don’t believe the two incidents were related.