Man faces attempted murder charge

Rosie Gillingham and Colin MacLean
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Twenty-nine year-old arrested in connection with Kilbride stabbing

He was dressed in white, but his language was blue.

“Go f---k yourself, bitch!” Paul Justin Morgan barked at reporters as he was led into Courtroom No. 7 in provincial court in St. John’s late Wednesday afternoon.

Morgan was arrested earlier in the day in connection with a stabbing in the Kilbride area, where a 44-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were victims of a knife attack.

The male victim was taken to hospital with serious stab wounds and released later in the day, while the woman was examined and treated for superficial wounds.

Morgan, 29 of St. John’s, faces eight charges, including one count of attempting to murder the man.

He’s also been charged with two counts of unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, along with two counts of breaching an undertaking and a single count of breaching probation.

Morgan, wearing white prison-issued coveralls, remained standing as Judge Robert Hyslop read the charges aloud in court.

After his brief court appearance, Morgan held in custody and is scheduled to be back in court today.

Morgan is no stranger to the justice system.

Since 2000, he’s racked up a total of 62 convictions, including ones for possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose (2008) assault with a weapon (2004), forcible confinement and assaulting a peace officer (both in 2009), possession of illegal drugs (2009), break and enter (2002), along with multiple breaches of court orders.

His most recent conviction was Jan. 28, when he was sentenced to a 90-day intermittent jail term for theft and breaching court orders.

The longest jail term he got was six months in 2004, when he was convicted of forcible entry, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, theft and court breaches.

The incident Morgan is now charged with committing took place just before 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Police received related calls from two homes, one on Old Petty Harbour Road and the other on Fahey Street.

According to RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald, a fight had broken out between two men at the Old Petty Harbour Road house and a woman had run to a neighbour’s home to call for help.

When police arrived at the Fahey Street home, they had a tense situation on their hands.

“When the patrol services officers arrived on the scene, the accused male was outside the residential property. The female was safely inside the property. He was armed at that point with knives, (but) the officers were successful in talking him down,” said FitzGerald.

The male victim was found inside the first home and was suffering from multiple stab wounds. Police have recovered two knives from the crime scene.

What set off the altercation is now part of the investigation and cannot be released, said FitzGerald, but she did indicate that both alcohol and drugs played a factor in this incident.

In a disturbing twist to this story, it has also been revealed that there was a child in the home during the altercation. The police would only say that the child is less than 16 years old.

 “That child did not sustain any injuries and, to my knowledge, was not involved, did not witness anything in relation to the altercation. (He or she) was immediately taken from the residence and brought to safety. Child, Youth, And Family Services were notified as well and are following up,” FitzGerald said.

As all this commotion was taking place, many residents of Old Petty Harbour Road were just starting their day — people like William Abbott, who lives a few homes down from where the incident took place.

Abbott awoke to a frightening commotion on his front step. A man dripping blood from a wound was banging on his front door yelling for him for help.

“I was so nervous I didn’t know what it was,” Abbott told The Telegram.

Shocked, he opened the door.

“He was screaming ‘get the ambulance, get the ambulance,’” he said.

Abbott complied.

The injured man told him he’d been stabbed and that another man had chased a woman out of their house. He also said that he had to go because there was a child in bed at his house and he had to get ready for school.

“I wouldn’t let him go because he was bleeding too much,” said Abbott.

But the man did eventually leave and was taken to hospital.

Even a few hours after the incident took place Abbott was still shaken.

“It was bad — I didn’t know what it was,” he said, adding that he barely new the neighbor who’d come to him for help.

Organizations: Old Petty Harbour Road house, Family Services

Geographic location: Kilbride, Old Petty Harbour Road, Fahey Street

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Recent comments

  • Both Side
    December 16, 2011 - 11:17

    I too have known this man in the past and unfortunately most of his life has been filled with situations like this. Yes, they are a result of the choices he has made there is no doubt. Unfortunately he did not have the guidance in his younger years to keep him on the right path. He managed to get caught in the life of crime. Though I do not agree with any of those choices he made it is sad that 1. he hasn't received the help that he really needs and 2. that the justice system let this go on for so long. It is evident that he is not in the right frame of mind. And though this is no excuse for his actions but he needs to be jailed as well as get help. He has the ability to make choices as well and needs to deal with the consequences for his actions.

  • teragram
    December 16, 2011 - 08:38

    To everyone Pay Attention to this......Where was his parents when all of these convictions started.....what happened to the justice system to allow his behaviour to continue down this path.......what about the education system or guidance from peers.......... If there is no discipline in his life or tough love from parents,the courts or guidance counsellors then....HE IS A PRODUCT OF HIS UPBRINGING

  • johnsmith
    December 16, 2011 - 02:06

    LOL 62 charges..nuff said. Our justice system hard at work. Oh and LOL @ the usual "breach of undertaking"...oh my

  • mike
    December 15, 2011 - 22:47

    I do not know the circumstances here, so I will not comment on his current charges more than If he is proven guilty then yes he deserves a harsh punishment. However it is about time our justice and social system looked into earlier intervention. Texas is moving towards a more preventative rather than punitive system and it is lowering crime rates drastically, we need to follow suit. I would also like to add that the majority of society and I'm sure the most of you are extremely hypocritical.

  • incredible
    December 15, 2011 - 22:06

    Newfoundlander-perhaps you should invite this loon to live with you

  • Kevin Power
    December 15, 2011 - 20:30

    There are some really good comments here, a lot of them informed. The others are making excuses for this guys behaviour. That in itself is the major problem with society today, too many excuses for the actions of some or themselves. When they can't find a good excuse themselves someone else will find one for them. Nobody is responsible for anything or anyone today, it is always someone else's fault. When the YJA can't handle (spoon feed) them anymore they become, legal, adults and graduate to larger crime. Time for these types and their supporters to grow up and find out that life is not handed to you on a plate. There are rules on behaviour and law to govern one's acts. If you don't there are consequences. Who wants to hire these people who look like bums, have no education and can't put ten words together in a sentence that is actually understood by most. Our kind hearted social values are not doing most of these people any favours. The hard core can't be corrected and the border line one's go the wrong way. Where is the justice in that?

  • Mindy
    December 15, 2011 - 17:24

    NOT A PRODUCT OF HIS UP-BRINGING!! A product of our POOR justice system. As far as rehab. it does not work for everyone, there is no chance for some and you just throw away the key. He never got anything but a slap on the wrist. We all never got the sliver platter treament growing up. Most times we were lucky to have meal on the table. You grew up, left home and made a life for yourself. Sometimes at a very young age. And we never BLAMED anyone.

  • W
    December 15, 2011 - 14:30

    The 29 year old man in hand-cuff's and white cover-all's, with a rap-sheet taller than he appears to be, calls the press gallery bitches? Ummm, yeah sure. Time to look in the mirror, bud.

  • Maddy
    December 15, 2011 - 14:30

    @ Newfoundlander....listen darlin, stop making excuses for this low life, boo hoo he's a product of his upbringing...give me a break, he's an adult and knows the difference between right and wrong. I too agree, cage this fool because he's proven multiple times that he's an unproductive, unemployed, savage who deserves what he gets, unfortunately because of our justice system he won't get enough....hey hey hey good bye!!!!

  • speedy
    December 15, 2011 - 13:40

    It is stories like this that allows me to believe in Stephen Harpers get tough on crime policy.

  • Kent
    December 15, 2011 - 12:47

    Danny wrote .... Accused people do have the right to legal representation, even if you disapprove. ============================================== I don't think anyone has an issue with a legal reperestation for him... . We're all just wondering how afer 62 convictions he only served a max of 6 months? If his trails were truely fair, then he would have been locked up long ago... The only interested party who didn't get justic from his previous cases was the public.

  • Girl
    December 15, 2011 - 12:04

    I agree with Newfoundlander's comment! You are all so quick to judge this man, but what about if it was your child or someone that you knew and loved? I don't think you'd be sitting here bashing this man who can't defend himself over an online article.. Like Newfoundlander said, this man is a product of his upbringing.. Who raises the youth of today? Not themselves.. Just because he has a record, doesn't mean he isn't human like each one of us, he is probably one of the sweetest men I know !

  • Jewels
    December 15, 2011 - 12:01

    Lock this guy up so he can't procreate and create a burder for our future society. NEWFOUNDLANDER says that he is a product of his up bringing, but we live in a society where we have choices and his choice is to be a career criminal. Throw the book at him for making this choice.

  • Jeff
    December 15, 2011 - 11:24

    How great is this "63 strikes and you're out" policy?

  • Sharon
    December 15, 2011 - 11:23

    Newfoundlander knows this man personally and says Paul Justin is a product of his upbringing. Oh, in that case we have no other choice but spank Mr. Justin on the bum, tell him to be a good boy and set him free.

  • well
    December 15, 2011 - 11:14

    Newfoundlander, i got to disagree with your statement. I dont think its the upbringing at all, look at it as a whole 62 charges, and served the most of 6 months. Thats not upbringing, ithe lovely legal system we have. Now this is only my opion , in The US they still have the death penlity, too bad we dont. Patricia your statement is so true

  • JM
    December 15, 2011 - 11:07

    He may be a product of his environment, but I also know people who have had crappy upbringings, and they are law abiding, upstanding citizens. They have jobs, and children, and made the decision all on their own that they would not repeat the cycle. So it is just a lame excuse. So be a man, grow up, and choose not to let those who may have hurt you continue to do so.

  • Saucy Face
    December 15, 2011 - 10:55

    In response to Newfoundlander: No, this could not possibly be my son or daughter or that of anyone I'd bother knowing. Self righteous comment on my part Newfoundlander? You betcha!. A product of his upcoming defence huh? Gee, who never saw that coming! If I had my way, this fine gentleman would be shipped off to Antarctic to live with a family of mad empire penguins for the rest of his measly life! Since I don't have that power Mr. Justin is blessed

  • Newfie
    December 15, 2011 - 10:41

    A product of his upbringing. Give me a break. Do the crime do the time. You cannot blame these kinds of violent acts on anyone other than themselves. Lock the F*&ker up and throw away the key, get him rehap and therapy for his so called "upbringing" ....

  • Danny
    December 15, 2011 - 09:38

    Accused people do have the right to legal representation, even if you disapprove.

  • Newfoundlander
    December 15, 2011 - 09:37

    Why don't you all keep your comments to yourselfs, this could be your son or daugther/family member !!! I know this man personally and he is a product of his up bringing. I hope he gets the help he needs !!

    • cathy
      December 15, 2011 - 10:12

      there comes a time when one has to take responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming how they were raised. He made his own choices and now he should man up and take responsibility.

    • Mike
      December 15, 2011 - 11:15

      Hey Newfoundlander, I hope he gets help too, as long as it is behind bars.

    • Richard Brown
      December 15, 2011 - 11:22

      Mr Newfoundlander..if we all blamed our actions on our rough upbringing there would be alot more crooks on our streets...bout time mr Morgan take responsibly for his actions as a grown man and stop using his poor upbringing as a excuse for being a thug...amen

    • Sick of it
      December 15, 2011 - 11:42

      @ Newfoundlander. With 62 convictions he had his chance for rehab and turning his life around. Stop being so naive to think he's going to change.

    • BF
      December 15, 2011 - 12:02

      Get a life Newfoundlander. Why do you people always use the excuse "he's a product of his upbringing"? That's bull!!! So you're saying that criminal out there can use that LAME excuse for doing what they do and everything's firgiven and they are let loose to do the same thing over and over and over again. I say stick the bastards in Jail doing hard labour and eating water and hard bread for the rest of their miserable, worthless lives.

    • Karen
      December 15, 2011 - 13:53

      @ NEWFOUNDLANDER- I do not know this man or the victims and reading this article only gives half the story. In my opinion, no one has the right to judge other people if they have never walked a mile in their shoes. I have no idea what caused Mr Morgan to lash out like this and it was cruel and unusual punishment against another human. That being said, it is obvious that the system has failed him. I can't help but wonder the circumstances in his life that aided in his life choices. What caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol? And why has the system let his criminal record go on so long without proper help and/or punishment? Hopefully this time the system will not allow him to slip through the cracks like so many people out there. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and I hope the child in the house was unaware of what was going on. If he/she was a witness to this, I hope the system gets them counselling before they become another statistic.

  • Kevin Power
    December 15, 2011 - 09:18

    What an addition to the human race. Career criminal, citizens are certainly better off with this useless skid off the streets. Chalk up another one for the benefits of the Youth Justice Act.

  • Scott Free
    December 15, 2011 - 09:02

    The only group more discusting than this lout are the greedy, conscience free lawyers who represent thugs like this, and, the spineless judges that allow this scum to walk freely in society. Note to judges: probation does not work! breach after breach, after breach; and on it goes for the taxpayer to burden the cost.

  • Do soceity a favour
    December 15, 2011 - 08:29

    62 convictions and his longest sentence has been 6 months?? Put this loser in the stocks. Better yet, stick him in the middle of Arctic which will undoubtedly help all those starving polar bears. That said, they probably don't eat losers.......

    • Educator
      December 15, 2011 - 12:38

      What kind of life brings a human being to this point? There but for the grace of God, people...

  • cbbc
    December 15, 2011 - 08:03

    I often wondered what makes these people tick. It's obvious that their brains are now working like a "normal" person's. They have a problem and should be put away for good for the protection of us "normal" people.

  • Patricia
    December 15, 2011 - 07:57

    Why are we giving these little PUNKS the platform to show off when they are entering the courtroom.This is all a big JOKE to them and their 15 minutes of FAME

  • darls
    December 15, 2011 - 07:43

    ok justice system....TIME TO Wake many idiots like this are in this City....every time i read about stuff like this iy always end with a breach of something....time for a new prison and keep these animals where they a many more people need to get hurt or worse killed before someone wakes up......ENOUGH ALREADY.....and by the way this gut is a real class act....don't you think....cheers....

  • FYET
    December 15, 2011 - 07:33

    This is the end product of the old slap on the wrist and turn me loose circus trick our justice system continually performs...

  • SR
    December 15, 2011 - 07:29

    With his record, what is Morgan doing out???

  • Robert
    December 15, 2011 - 07:10

    What a waste of our tax dollars.

  • Saucy Face
    December 15, 2011 - 07:09

    62 mostly violent convictions since 2000 and this loser was walking the streets. One thing about our justice system, they know how to make a law abiding citizen feel safe.

  • tom
    December 15, 2011 - 07:06

    62 convictions and yet this guy is out in society. Throw him in the jail and leave him there.