Bail decision stirs emotional reaction

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Accused murderer Kenny Green ordered to stay in jail

Suspected murderer Kenny Green was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Thursday to hear the judge’s decision on his bail application. Justice Donald Burrage denied it. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The reaction to the news differed, depending on which side of the courtroom people were sitting.

When Justice Donald Burrage rendered his decision to deny accused murderer Kenneth Edward Green bail Thursday afternoon, there were both cheers and sobs.

The cheers and clapping came from about a dozen friends and family members of murder victim Joey Whalen. They sat on one side of Courtroom No. 4 in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s.

On the other side, a handful of supporters of Green hung their heads. One woman put her face in her hands and sobbed.

Green glanced up at them and nodded as he was escorted out of the courtroom and back to the lockup. He was to be taken back to Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.

Burrage took only a few minutes to render his ruling. He opted, instead, to give his written decision to Crown prosecutor Robin Fowler and defence counsel Randy Piercey. The reasons, as well as details from the bail hearing, are banned from publication.

Security was again tight for the case. Outside the courtroom, sheriff’s officers used hand-held scanning devices on everyone who entered the courtroom.

Green, 34, is suspected of murdering Whelan, a 47-year-old who died days after an assault at a home on Tessier Place March 13.

Green — who is also charged with conspiring to escape custody from the Waterford Hospital — is due back in provincial court next week for a status update on the case.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Tessier Place

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  • Stephen D Redgrave
    Stephen D Redgrave
    June 14, 2013 - 09:01

    It is probably best for Green's own safety that he stay behind bars---the public too. It's hard ti imagine Green has any supporters whatsoever. If I did such an act as Green is alleged to have done, my own mother would curse me to eternity. He is right where he should be until his trial.

  • Brad
    June 14, 2013 - 08:58

    Good riddens...a Judge who gets it!