Standoff case resumes next week

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A police investigator speaks to the suspect at a standoff on Springdale Street May 12

Things moved quickly and in relative quiet when the case of Justin Joseph Wiseman was called in Courtroom No. 7 at provincial court in St. John’s Friday.

The 21-year-old Wiseman was involved in an eight-hour, overnight standoff with police on Springdale Street May 12, after he allegedly robbed the nearby City Superette convenience store at knifepoint.

While there was to be a bail hearing, the case was set over for a week, to May 31.

Duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick suggested there would be more to say at that point, potentially a guilty plea.

The Crown is reviewing the almost 30 charges standing against Wiseman, including a dozen allegations from four prior and unrelated incidents, dating back to November 2012.

The charges have not been proven in court.

Wiseman’s case made the news with the dramatic standoff, during which no one was injured, but also a May 13 court appearance, when he had an outburst in the prisoner’s dock — yelling, slapping away a tissue box and trying to escape the custody of sherriff’s officers. He has since apologized for the outburst.

A psychiatric assessment from earlier that day found he was fit to stand trial.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Springdale Street

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