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.