Man gets 27 months for threatening police with knives

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Crown says it’s lucky no one was killed

Wayne David Hussey (a.k.a. Hennessey) was sentenced to 27 months in jail Wednesday for assault with a weapon and uttering threats after he waved knives at police officers last month. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Wayne David Hussey (a.k.a. Hennessey) made his way gingerly out of the courtroom Wednesday.

Wearing a cast and sling on his right arm, the 40-year-old had just been sentenced to 27 months in jail.

But after the fear he provoked in a normally quiet St. John’s neighbourhood last month, the Crown prosecutor said Hussey was lucky to have got away with just a broken arm.

“It was altogether a horrible night for everyone,” William Cadigan said in provincial court Wednesday.

“Luckily, this ended up in court and not at Caul’s (Funeral Home).”

The night in question was

Jan. 8.

Around 7 p.m., Hussey showed up at a woman’s house on Jordan Place in Shea Heights, drank a half a bottle of Lamb’s rum and five beers, and left.

Five hours later, he came back even more intoxicated. He was barely able to stand and had a cut above his eye.

The woman and her teenaged son tried to tend to his injuries, but Hussey became violent and pushed her and assaulted her son.

The woman called 911, but Hussey refused treatment from the paramedics.

When police showed up, Hussey went to the kitchen drawer, grabbed two knives and threatened to stab the three officers.

After demands to drop the knives were ignored, officers drew their guns on Hussey, who taunted them to shoot him.

They managed to disarm Hussey using pepper spray.

In the struggle, Hussey broke his arm. He needed surgery, during which a metal plate and pins were inserted. He still requires more surgeries.

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“This (incident) could have ended in one of three ways,” Cadigan said. “This way, Mr. Hussey (peacefully) giving up, or Mr. Hussey deceased.

“Thanks to good police work and luck … police didn’t actually have to shoot Mr. Hussey.”

Hussey pleaded guilty to assaulting the teen, possessing weapons dangerous to the public, uttering threats to the officers and assaulting the police officers with the knives.

While Hussey didn’t actually use the knives on the police, he did make motions towards them, which, under the Criminal Code of Canada, still constitutes charges of assault.

During the sentencing hearing, Cadigan pointed to Hussey’s lengthy criminal record and the seriousness of the most recent incident.

“This was a very, very serious matter …,” Cadigan said. “It caused great alarm in the public.”

Defence lawyer Lauryn Chafe said Hussey has a long-standing problem with drugs, which has contributed to his criminal behaviour.

She said he was in the methadone program for seven years before getting kicked out a year ago.

However, she said Hussey is anxious to receive counselling and treatment at the federal level.

“He’s hoping he can beat this addiction for good,” she said.

Judge Lynn Spracklin went along with the lawyers’ recommendation of a 27-month sentence.

Hussey must also submit a DNA sample and is not allowed to have a weapon for 10 years after he’s released from jail.

“I wish you the best of luck,” Spracklin said to Hussey.

Hussey smiled at his father as he left the courtroom.

“See you, Dad,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll talk to you soon.”

Geographic location: Jordan Place, Shea Heights, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Jack
    February 04, 2011 - 01:58

    What I find so disheartening is the traffickers get released on bail, and the addicts get sentenced. (realizing of course many traffickers have addictions too, but they have discovered the means to pay for it). I feel so sad for this mans father, because if he has been a reliable father, he obviously is hurting pretty badly. I firmly believe it is the addiction that is the source of those major catastrophes, and that there must be a better way of handling these issues, than repeatedly sending them off to prison. What about the mental institution ?---- Criminals, not unlike many of the general public, seem to have a stigma attached to anyone who seeks Psychiatric care. Maybe that's the wake up call they need, because it's so disturbing to see them go back and forth to Jail. What he needs most, is someone who will listen to his problems unconditionally, and he won't get that in prison. The majority of them have had horrible upbringings, single parent homes, abandoned, and just slipped through the cracks. The justice system perhaps let them down in younger years, and I feel it continues to let them down. ----------very sad indeed. This man desperately needs Psychiatric help.

  • Anonymous
    February 03, 2011 - 14:25

    Chad if what you're saying is true, and I doubt that it is, you're still naive if you honestly think employers wont find any number of reasons to hire someone else over this guy. Still, I call BS on what you said about it being illegal to not hire someone because of their criminal record. Someone who did time for fraud or theft? I guess it would be illegal to turn them away from a job working at a bank. A convicted pedophile? Would it be discrimination to not hire them to work in a daycare?

  • chad
    February 03, 2011 - 11:18

    i do not agree with the comments people said here is is very childish and ignorant, this man in trouble is very sick and he has a diesease, being addicted to drugs and alcahol is a disease sickness,, and people can change if they want to and i have a feeling he may change if given the right treatment, and when he gets out he can find a job, it is now illegal to not hire someone due to a criminal record,

    • Right on
      February 03, 2011 - 14:10

      Alcohol and drugs are not sicknesses or diseases but choices.

  • Red
    February 03, 2011 - 09:31

    A crackie with small man's syndrome and an alcohol and drug problem. Let him rot in jail I'd say, money well spent because he'll never change.

  • BR
    February 03, 2011 - 08:40

    Another one that can't control his urge to enjoy drugs. Now the taxpayer has to pay to get him off the drugs. When he gets out, who will hire him ? We have another drain on the taxpayer.