Man who spit in cameraman’s face charged with assault

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Shawn Douglas Walbourne had a charge of assault added to his already long list of charges today in provincial court in St. John’s — Telegram file photo

Three weeks after he spit in the face of a TV cameraman, a St. John’s man has officially been charged with assault.

Shawn Douglas Walbourne made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John’s.

Judge Colin Flynn read out the charge to Walbourne, who was then escorted back to the holding cells.

Walbourne was not wearing a spit mask this time, as he did in a previous appearance.

The spitting incident happened on Feb. 15.

As Walbourne was being led back to the holding cells from Courtroom No. 7, he spit on an NTV cameraman, who was standing behind the security barrier tape with other reporters.

Walbourne already faces several break and enter charges from early last month.

The 36-year-old was initially arrested on Feb. 13 on Grenfell Avenue. Police said at the time, he had jewelry, electronics and cash linked to a break-in on the same street.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary reportedly found more stolen goods inside his home later that evening.

Walbourne is charged with multiple counts of break and enter, possessing property obtained by crime, resisting arrest and damaging RNC property. The latter charge relates to damage Walbourne allegedly caused in an interview room and to a table.

He’s due back in court March 15 to answer to all his charges.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: Grenfell Avenue

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  • David Wilson
    March 09, 2012 - 08:49

    Another classless idiot. Everyday there is another one being reported on in the Telegram. We are going to need a prison the size of Mount Pearl to fit them all in.