Ray Newman charged with assault
Suspected murderer Raymond Gerald Newman appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Monday, a day after he was said to have assaulted a man on Pennywell Road. His case was set over until Thursday, but his lawyers are expected to file an application for bail in Newfoundland Supreme Court today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
It wasn’t exactly the kind of kiss that expresses Valentine’s Day affection.
The man accused of killing his estranged wife in 2007 puckered up and blew a kiss to reporters Monday as he was being led out of provincial court in St. John’s.
It was the only reaction Raymond Gerald Newman showed during his brief court appearance.
The 33-year-old was arrested Sunday night in connection with a reported assault on Pennywell Road, in the centre of the city.
He’s been charged with assaulting a man, uttering threats to him, obstructing him from using his property and breaching a recognizance.
Newman faces a more serious charge of second-degree murder in the death of Chrissy Predham-Newman, his estranged wife.
Predham-Newman’s body was found in her Airport Heights apartment in the northeastern part of the city on Jan. 21, 2007.
The 28-year-old had been stabbed numerous times and her throat was reportedly slit.
Newman was arrested and charged in June 2009 after a 2 1/2-year police probe.
He was initially denied bail, but months later was released with conditions after the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal overturned that decision.
He was committed to stand trial after a preliminary inquiry in November of last year.
Newman has pleaded not guilty and is waiting to have a date set for his trial.
But after police were called to Pennywell Road, he was taken back to jail.
RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald has said the man Newman is accused of assaulting is 42 years old and is known to Newman.
Police have told The Telegram there was also a complaint of damage to property (a pickup truck) in the same incident.
In court Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Phil LeFeuvre told Judge Colin Flynn that Newman will have to reapply for bail at Newfoundland Supreme Court, since the recognizance he’s accused of breaching stems from the murder case.
Defence lawyer Mike King is expected to make the application to set a date for a bail hearing in Supreme Court today.
Meanwhile, Newman is scheduled to be back in provincial court to answer to the most recent charges on Thursday.
When asked for comment, King told The Telegram, “It’s a complicated situation and there’s certainly more than one side to the story.
“We’re continuing to gather facts.”