Agitated accused ‘feeling much better’ in court today

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Justin Joseph Wiseman is pictured in court with two sheriff officers. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A St. John's man who caused a ruckus in a courtroom earlier this week — after he was arrested for robbery and being involved in a standoff with police — was calm when he came to court today.

Justin Joseph Wiseman even apologized before proceedings began in provincial court.

"I'm feeling much better now," the 21-year-old was heard from the prisoner's dock telling Crown prosecutor William Cadigan, who was sat at the lawyers’ desk in front of him.

It was a far cry from Wiseman's behaviour the last time in court.

On Monday, he had to be restrained by sheriff's officers after he began screaming in the courtroom that police tried to kill him. Sheriffs grabbed him as he tried to climb over the barrier in the prisoner's dock.

None of the seven of eight men in court Monday to support Wiseman were in the courtroom today.

Once Judge Pamela Goulding was on the bench, duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick told her that additional charges have been laid against Wiseman —four firearms-related counts and two breaches of court orders.

His case is scheduled to return to court May 24.

Wiseman was arrested early Sunday morning after an eight-hour armed standoff with police at a house on Pleasant Street. It was said to have happened after he held up nearby City Superette convenience store with a knife.

Wiseman reportedly entered the store at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash and cigarettes before running off. There were no injuries during the incident.

He's charged with armed robbery, having his faced masked, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and breaching a court order.

The new charges were in relation to the standoff.

Police say Wiseman was barricaded in the house with a shotgun, while Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers in full tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the premises.

Wiseman — who was deemed fit to stand trial following a psychiatric assessment — has a dozen other charges stemming from four separate incidents.

He's charged with uttering threats and breaching probation from Aug. 14; robbery from Marie's Mini Mart in Paradise, having his face masked, breaching probation and two counts of breaching an undertaking from Nov. 7, 2012; theft from Triple C Car Wash, breaching an undertaking and breaching probation from Nov. 17; and two counts of breaching a recognizance from March 5 of this year.




Organizations: Marie's, Mini Mart

Geographic location: St. John's, Pleasant Street, Paradise

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Recent comments

  • doug
    May 18, 2013 - 17:05

    "Agitated accused ‘feeling much better’ in court today" well thats good he is feeling much better probably pissed off because he didn't have his

  • yo mama
    May 18, 2013 - 05:31

    Stop the drugs, and the judicial circus will end.

  • Unknown
    May 17, 2013 - 20:28

    " Feeling Better" Well let him go on Good Behavior !!

  • Mary
    May 17, 2013 - 17:42

    With the justice dept cuts, I'm sure we will see more of this. When some of these guys get out of hand, it's going to take more then one officer to restrain them. Hope the cuts aren't too deep!! Only time will tell..

    • Tim Jamison
      May 19, 2013 - 08:14

      Because the perfectly behaved prisons never got out of hand before, right? Must blame conservatives...

  • PeopleWhoCare
    May 17, 2013 - 17:23

    THIS IS DIRECTED TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE COMMENTS ON ANY OF HIS ARTICLES you people have anything better to do rather then come on this site and post your ignorant comments about someone who you dont even know, if you were to walk in his shoes for one day you would understand this man

    • Brenda L.
      May 18, 2013 - 12:40

      Some people are just miserable and enjoy spreading their misery, anger and ignorance in a vein attempt to feel a sense of moral superiority. Pathetic really.

    • doug
      May 18, 2013 - 17:12

      re; PeopleWhoCare thats funny, if I were walking in his shoes I would be in custody now! so I guess everyone who has had a hard time in life should grab a shotgun and do some robbing eh, you realize we live in CANADA where we have a so called democratic government and can express our views, you should go live in NORTH KOREA then you would not even be able to express your view.

    • Tim Jamison
      May 19, 2013 - 08:17

      I understand him. He made bad decisions while I made good ones. Maybe he'll victimize you someday and then you'll understand

    May 17, 2013 - 15:18

    Our courts have become a joke. Fights, outbursts, bedbugs, rapping convicts, blowing should be a reality show.