UPDATE: Man, 34, charged with murder in Tessier Place investigation

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Ken Edward Green, 34, was back in provincial court this afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 47-year-old St. John’s man who died days after an assault at a home on Tessier Place in St. John’s.

Green has now been remanded into custody at the Waterford Hospital in St. John's for a week-long psychiatric assessment. He appeared in court this morning and was to undergo a lunch-hour assessment, however, the psychiatrist reported he was unable to interview Green and thus, unable to make an assessment.

Green's case will be called in court again March 26.

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Ken Edward Green, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 47-year-old St. John’s man who died days after an assault at a home on Tessier Place in St. John’s.

The RNC made the arrest Monday night and the accused is expected to appear in provincial court this morning.

Green made a short court appearance this morning and was sent for a lunch-hour psychiatric assessment. He'll be back in court this afternoon.

Last Wednesday about 10:30 a.m., officers from RNC patrol services, criminal investigation and forensic identification divisions responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Tessier Place in the downtown area of St. John’s.

The 47-year-old man was transported to hospital with injuries where on Sunday he succumbed to those injuries.

The accused was arrested 11:25 p.m. Monday at a residence in the west end of St. John’s by the RNC Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), street patrol services and criminal investigation division.

Investigators with the Major Crime Unit of the RNC Criminal Investigation Division would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

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The RNC has made an arrest in connection with the homicide investigation on Tessier Place in the downtown area of St. John's.

The accused man is expected to make a court appearance later this morning at provincial court in St. John's.

On Saturday, the RNC issued a release stating an assault investigation linked to the house had turned into a homicide investigation after a 47-year-old man died in hospital.

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A group of concerned citizens from a neighbourhood that's now the scene of a homicide investigation want to make sure that what's been going on at one residence for the past two years, doesn't happen again.

One resident from the area who wished to remain anonymous says there was plenty of warning something violent was going to take place at 8 Tessier Pl. in the downtown area of St. John's.

For two years, the residence has been the site of hard drug activity, the area resident says.

They say the house is known to neighbours, the landlord of the property and police as a crack house, yet nothing was done.

The residence has had a slew of people coming and going from it at all hours with up to eight cars blocking the cul-de-sac, the resident says, but the parking and traffic issues are miniscule compared to the other activity.

They say there have been people shooting up drugs under stairs, decks and patios with needles that are then strewn about other properties. A green area between Tessier Place and a neighbouring street has become particularly troublesome.

"People walk by there walking their kids to school and watch somebody shooting up," the resident says.

And with the drug use has come frequent incidents of violence.

"It became so normal for there to be fighting and violence that if you hear somebody shouting and screaming in the middle of the night you just turn over and go back to sleep because it's very, very regular."

They say one person in the neighbourhood who works shift work put up with a lot.

"When he comes home at night, he talks about being terrified of what he's going to find. Is he going to walk into the middle of a fight? Is he going to encounter some of the drug thugs that frequent, especially at night, the area?"

There was even an issue with sewage leaking from the basement of the house onto the street. After frequent calls to the city, the issue was dealt with only to happen again.

On Saturday, the RNC issued a release stating an assault investigation linked to the house had turned into a homicide investigation after a 47-year-old man died in hospital.

Not necessary

The resident says it didn't have to happen. There was lots of warning about the potential for violence, but nothing was done and now somebody is dead.

What went on in that house isn't a reflection of the neighbourhood, though, they say.

"It's one house in a nice neighbourhood," the resident says.

They say there's a range of people who have lived in the area from four to up to 30 years and such issues haven't been in the tiny neighbourhood for long, but they're both frightening and discouraging.

Now area residents want to fight back and say they want to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

Since the investigation turned into a homicide over the weekend, there hasn't been anybody living at the property. The resident says the neighbourhood wants to make sure that whoever does move in are better than the last tenants.

Complaining or reporting on the activity isn't enough, they say. They spoke to other area residents, and realized everybody had contacted the property management company to complain. The police were frequently called, too, as well as the city.

It all led to nothing, the resident says.

The resident says it's understood that individually everybody's hands are tied, even the law's to a certain extent, so they are planning a meeting to bring all the groups together.

"We're concerned about who is going to move in next and why was it for two years we couldn't get any attention paid to this issue," they say.

"Our first agenda that we want to talk about is how can we make landlords accountable for these kinds of safety and health hazards."

A meeting planned for Friday will include area residents, Coun. Sheilagh O'Leary, one of the deputy chiefs of the RNC, representatives from the Community Youth Network and city officials.

The resident says the problem is bigger than just the house in their neighbourhood.

"We realize, yes, that our first priority is to make sure that this landlord doesn't rent to these people again, but that's also only moving the problem along."

They say such situations are becoming more frequent throughout the city and following this initial meeting, they want to plan a general meeting to look at the bigger issue. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss what can be done to make sure landlords are accountable when they know illegal activity is happening on their property.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

 

These stories have been changed to reflect updated information.

Organizations: RNC, Community Youth Network

Geographic location: Tessier Place, St. John's

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  • concerned
    March 20, 2013 - 07:13

    Seems to me that the police are so concerned about getting the big guy (advancing their careers) that the public is being ignored.They leave these houses in operation so they can further the investigation. People just want to be safe. I lived in this neighborhood for many years and observed this crazy behavior . one thing I noticed that if a police car shows up in the area. this lunacy stops for hours.Catching the bad guys is wonderful. But another nut always pops up to take their place. If they made it impossible to do business by cracking down on the "crack houses ". At least public safety would appear to be a concern.

  • Southside Rd resident
    March 19, 2013 - 21:13

    Not so long ago the same thing happened just down the road from me at 3:30 in the afternoon,at the same time shots were heard my young child could have been walking to get a Tim Bit ,but instead he was on a school bus coming the other direction.I agree that landlords should do and have the right to inspect,when a complaint is sounded it's up to the landlord to act,believe me I have been one and it was my responsibility ,if the situation needed police then the landlord has to take charge,but some just wants their rent on time and everything is alright.Another thing do the readers think that maybe council should have a play in this,why in the world are they allowing homeowners to turn their single dwelling homes into 3-4 apartments or 6 room bed sitting rooms,most that rents places like these are very low income renters that has other hobbies on the side,I am sure there are single people who rent rooms but not families,My heart goes out to this mans 3 children now no father,but unfortunately this kind of activites involves the whole family.

  • billdby
    March 19, 2013 - 20:08

    ..I salute the RNC who are trying to do thier best . ...the drug racket would be shut down if citizens started cracking down and reporting more drug dealers...use the tip line from a pay phone ..it can't get traced back to you...

  • Annie
    March 19, 2013 - 14:00

    I think that it is totally ridiculous the amount of activity that goes on like this in neighbourhoods. People who want to have a quasi normal, decent life who cannot afford big time rents or to buy a house in a new subdivision are S O L. Lower or fixed income people are the ones that will see more and more of this as there is this inherant need for people of similar behaviours to cluster together. BMC and the "Blocks" are examples of this from yester' year. Whatever the situation though, this Man didnt deserve to die such a horrible death as I am sure he did. My condolences go out to his family and friends. On another note, let this be a wake up call for those who are find themselves in similar environments as to what can happen. This kind of lifestyle is a lose lose situation...lose your family, friends or your life.

  • Anon
    March 19, 2013 - 13:56

    legalize and people don't get killed in drug-deals. Invest in rehab programs and accessible therapies and the stats go down lower again. Or whine and complain about your tax dollars going to low-lifes and let them kill each other so you can make the same whiny complaints later.

  • Danny
    March 19, 2013 - 13:27

    I have lived in most major cities in Canada.This is a small town a burb with crime RNC is not equiped to handle.How is it possible for a small city of less then 200,000 St.John's to rival the crime rate of Cities in the millions?

  • marzo
    March 19, 2013 - 13:06

    The problem here is the police in this city and province worry about the Weed coming in. You see in the news BIG BUST operation FAIL as far as i'm concerned. I don't know if they are oblivious to the harder drugs or are not equiped to take on the BIG FISH. Our judicial system is a joke.

  • Suggestion on How to Clean Up Drug Problem
    March 19, 2013 - 12:55

    Drugs, drugs, drugs. When is it going to stop? Let's introduce mandatory drug testing. Start at the top with all elected officials, then all employees who work within the justice system, then all employees who work in the medical profession, hospitals, pharmacist, etc. then the regular employees of each and every company and then WORK OUR WAY DOWN. People will be caught and these people will start talking. That's the only way to clean up our city's. Drugs cost lots of money. Not every kid is doing a B&E to support their drug habit.

  • Fed Up
    March 19, 2013 - 12:18

    How about locking people up after they are caught traffiking drugs, but no, they get away with it continuously. Why would these people stop when they are let off with it over and over again. They don't care because there are never any consequesces! Our system is a joke, it's ridiculous! Sickening thing is he'll probably get away with this too.

  • Fed Up
    March 19, 2013 - 12:12

    Time to crack down and solve this problem, how about locking people up after they are caught traffiking drugs, but no, they get away with it continuously. Why would these people stop when they are let off with it over and over again. They don't care because there are never any consequesces! Our system is a mess, it's ridiculous!

    • Random
      March 19, 2013 - 12:23

      Burn this hole down, friggin disgusting! What has this city come to, bunch of scumbags.

  • Max
    March 19, 2013 - 12:08

    Property management companies seem to be getting a Black eye, but bear in mind they only manage the property, collect the rent, and arrange for necessary repairs. The owner must be made responsible for knowing of and allowing such a situation to continue. Perhaps a heavy fine or possibly forfeiture of the property would move them to take action in such a situation. It is quite unacceptable that innocent people should be made to fear for their well being and forced to live with such conditions, with their only option being to move. The transgressors need to be dealt with very early in the piece by the law.

  • Stephen D Redgrave
    March 19, 2013 - 11:38

    RNC do what they have to do and follow our constitution very well. The poor guys and girls of our police have their hands tied I agree, but as we've seen, when it's time to strike...they are right on the money!! They got a real bad guy off the streets in record time ..BIG KUDO'S.

  • Whaddaya At
    March 19, 2013 - 10:55

    Drugs, loud drunken parties, prostitution, fights in your neighbourhood ?. Call the RNC. They'll take care of it. lol.

  • Had to move
    March 19, 2013 - 10:25

    I can totally relate to this situation. I used to live in a house on Alexander street but had to move due to the low life scum that lived in the yellow house. Anybody living on Alexander street knows exactly what I'm talking about. I had to call the police on numerous occasions as did my neighbours. We wrote the city and complained to the property managers. It all seemed to fall on deaf ears. I felt so helpless and was constantly afraid. I'm so glad to not live there anymore and am thankful the jibberish yelling/singing alcoholics /drug addicts kept their heads inside their windows long enough for me to sell the house.

  • Eli
    March 19, 2013 - 09:59

    And after about four years, fourteen court appearences and five or six fired lawyers this waste of time will go to trial. But not before lawyers who will have cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars agree on day parole for a few months. Jeeez!

  • d
    March 19, 2013 - 09:58

    Should be charged with 1st degree murder...he won't serve hardly anything on 2nd degree murder charges.

  • wow
    March 19, 2013 - 09:25

    joey ,joey say hello for me to the father ,son and the holly ghost R.I.P

  • DON
    March 19, 2013 - 08:59

    Were are our police? Huh--Anyone?. Its like this place had a big neon sign on top saying--Hey we are a drug house and a whore house --Blink Blink-Can they read?--Blink Blink..'.Drug House Whore House"-Follow the big neon sign. DUH.

    • wavy
      March 19, 2013 - 09:41

      Where are the police? They're out busting people for possession of marijuana instead of focusing and prioritizing their limited resources on ridding the streets of these scumbags, the ones who pose a real threat to society.

  • Ex-resident
    March 19, 2013 - 08:45

    Landlords and property managers are a joke when it comes to dealing with situations like this. I lived quite close to a drug dealing motorhome and dealt with the same kind of issues as the folks on Tessier. No one is willing to help - this I learned first hand. I complained to my property management company on many occasions, practically begging them to add fencng, a chain, anything to help keep the activity off of the property, yet all I was told was to call the police. When I did try to involve authorities to stop an ongoing situation we were targeted with a violent act and the police could/would not do anything about this retaliation. The message was sent loud and clear. We moved within a month to avoid any further acts of violence and ensure the family's safety. It's not fair that my family was driven out of a home and neighborhood that we otherwise enjoyed. Tessier is not the first and it's not the end. Property management, landlords and home owners should be held accountable, or at least be held accountable to alleviate safety concerns for its tenants and/or their neighbors. Everyone just turns a blind eye and the people themselves do and probably should be fearful for speaking out against it. You and your family may just end up being at the end of a retaliation and forced to move as well.