Violent attack captured on George Street cameras lands man house arrest

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— Justice

A man responsible for a violent attack that was captured on video surveillance on George Street has been given a conditional sentence.

Michael Patrick Collins, 65, was sentenced in provincial court in St. John's this morning.

The sentence — handed down by Judge Pamela Goulding — included three years’ probation.

Collins was convicted of assault causing bodily harm.

He was arrested following an incident that happened on George Street during the Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 10, 2011, when he assaulted another man. The victim sustained several injuries.

Collins was 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.

Geographic location: George Street, St. John's

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  • bob
    February 12, 2013 - 16:59

    65 year old, senior citizen,yah i feel like i can sleep better now,bleeding heart idiots

  • Mark
    February 12, 2013 - 08:46

    I am glad to read about it. George Street always had a lot of thuggery, and it is about time that this rapidly changing city gets on with the business of making its entertainment district a mature and safe one.

  • Scott Free
    February 12, 2013 - 08:43

    Oh boy; now there's a deterrent to vicious crime! A conditional sentence AND probation! Do hard time at home; I wonder if other conditions of his sentence include: to eat the crust of his toast; drink water from a mug; or be in bed by midnight and up at 8 am? I'll bet Judge Goulding's sentencing is running chills down the spines of other louts and thugs roaming the downtown.

  • Concerned
    February 12, 2013 - 01:01

    Thats terribly harsh punishment...to be made to sit home on the couch, for only violently assaulting somebody.

  • About Time
    February 11, 2013 - 22:42

    It's about time they started charging people for crimes they have on camera! Our justice system is lagging terribly however. The cameras were set up April 2011, its 2013! They are only charging people now, and "probation" for "assault causing bodily harm"?! Nicely done Judge Goulding, certainly encouraged Collins not to cause anyone else "several injuries"!