Son of suspected murder victim has lengthy criminal record

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Joseph Rice due back in court Thursday to answer to child pornography charges

Joseph Rice of Paradise was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday for what was supposed to be a bail hearing. Instead, his case was postponed until Thursday. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The son of the woman whose body was recently found in a Paradise field is no stranger to police. Joseph Rice of Paradise has a lengthy criminal record.

The 37-year-old — who was arrested in Halifax on a warrant on child pornography charges last week — has 21 prior convictions.

His record dates back to February 1999, at which time he was given a suspended sentence for assault and causing a disturbance.

He went on to accumulate convictions for sexual interference (six-month conditional sentence, May 1999), nine counts of unlawfully possessing or using a credit card (six-month conditional sentence, with two years’ probation, June 2003), impaired driving ($600 fine, June 2003), impaired driving and failing to appear in court (10-day intermittent jail term, October 2006), impaired driving and driving while disqualified (one month in jail, March 2008), driving while disqualified (14 days in jail, April 2008) and two counts of failing to appear in court (14-day intermittent sentence, September 2008).

Rice was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday for what was supposed to be a bail hearing.

Instead, duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick told Judge Greg Brown Rice has opted to stay in jail for now.

He’s due back in court Thursday.

A warrant had been issued for Rice’s arrest in March on suspicion he had been distributing child pornography.

He faces two charges — possessing child pornography and distributing child pornography.

No further details were released.

Police are not releasing any information on whether or not Rice’s arrest is connected to his mother’s death.

The body of Patricia Rice was found next to the McDonald’s on Topsail Road July 25.

The RNC has confirmed the case is a homicide investigation.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: Halifax, Topsail Road

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  • robroy
    August 08, 2012 - 05:55

    I WOULD LIKE TO ASK Ms GILLINGHAN TO ASNSWER TO THE PUBLIC WHY IT IS NESSESSARY TO MENTION THAT""The son of the woman whose body was recently found in a Paradise field is no stranger to police. HAD TO BE THE START OF HER COLUMN. WHY DOES IT MATTER TO ME THAT JOSEPH RICE'S MOTHER WAS THE ONE FOUND IN THE WOODS.ITS BEYOND MY TRAIN OF THOUGHTS.IF SHE WERE ALIVE WOULD YOU BE SAYING pATRICIARICE'S SON IS NO STRANGER TO POLICE ???????

  • tally
    August 07, 2012 - 12:12

    this article does lead one to believe that that son has something to do with the death of the lady.

  • JOJO
    August 07, 2012 - 09:01

    I can't believe the sentences he received, especially for repeat offences. This guy should have been locked up long ago....and for a very long time!!

  • Ron Tizzard
    August 07, 2012 - 08:27

    The son of the woman whose body was recently found in a Paradise field is no stranger to police. Joseph Rice of Paradise has a lengthy criminal record, was the opening volvo, in this column. Which begs the question....So what? Is there a subliminal attempt to get ahead of a potential news story 'down the road' that Joe is a suspect, or indeed might be tried for his mother's death? Or, was it a 'slow news-story' kind of day for rgillingham? Should Joe Rice go to trial...how tainted are his waters... a potential murderer of his mother! Sounds needlessly and prematurely inciteful to me!

  • Jay
    August 07, 2012 - 07:51

    Wow such light sentences for all those (and sometimes repeat) offences. Was it kangaroo court he attended all those times????

  • Frank
    August 07, 2012 - 07:07

    Now here is a real upstanding member of society!

  • Paul
    August 07, 2012 - 07:06

    Just another day at the office for this guy .

  • well
    August 07, 2012 - 06:48

    why is the telegram making this about his mother , rather then him?