Man charged after alleged assault captured on camera

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First case brought to court as a result of RNC surveillance on George Street

New surveillance cameras went into operation on George Street last year. — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

A man suspected of a violent attack that was captured on video surveillance on George Street last fall is due back in court next month.

Michael Patrick Collins, 65, wasn’t in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday morning when his case was called. He was represented by his lawyer Erin Breen.

Breen and Crown prosecutor Jason House agreed to set the case over until April 19.

Collins, who is not in custody, is charged with aggravated assault.

He was arrested following an incident that happened on George Street during the Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 10, 2011.

He reportedly assaulted another man, who suffered several injuries.

Collins is believed to be the first person to be charged as a result of an incident captured on the RNC’s video surveillance cameras, many of which were set up along the popular party street in downtown St. John’s on April 1, 2011.

According to the RNC, there are 45 other cases currently being investigated as a result of incidents on George Street that have been picked up by the surveillance cameras.

RNC Chief Robert Johnston will speak in detail to members of the media later this month about the use of the cameras.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Jason House

Geographic location: George Street

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  • senior
    March 15, 2012 - 10:59

    you should see him when he drinks his Gertol!

  • Whaddaya At ?
    March 15, 2012 - 10:35

    The suspect is 65 years old ?. Was there a weapon used in the vicious assault on the victim, perhaps the victim's own walker or his cane ?. Oh well, some men don't grow up, they just grow older.

  • MBC
    March 15, 2012 - 08:30

    George Street is all trouble and gives St John's a bad reputation. It attracts only drinkers and drunks etc from local and mainland areas.

  • Don
    March 15, 2012 - 07:40

    George Street -- a gathering place for the punks and drug dealers. Close it down.

  • well
    March 15, 2012 - 06:41

    when will the city close that damn street down,its been nothing but trouble sinse its been there and people knew it was going to be trouble

    • Seamus O'Keefe
      March 15, 2012 - 08:02

      Close the street? What a great idea...layoff hundreds of employed students paying their tuition, eliminate all paid gigs for musicians, remove the #1 event tourism destination in the province, eliminate the livelihood of each owner/operator and destroy an economic engine worth millions to the local economy. Well thought out idea, WELL!

    • Takemehome
      March 15, 2012 - 08:21

      65, really - shouldn't a man of his age be enjoying his retirement(I hope) rather than on George Street fighting - come on now...