Man found guilty of assaulting men outside Mount Pearl bar

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Jamie Patrick French

A man who swung and hit three men with a piece of wood outside a Mount Pearl bar has been convicted of criminal charges.

Jamie Patrick French was found guilty of three counts of assault with a weapon Tuesday at provincial court in St. John’s.

Judge Colin Flynn rendered his decision shortly after the full-day trial.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 29.

The charges were laid after a fight broke out on the parking lot outside Tols’ Timeout Lounge on Old Placentia Road in Mount Pearl this past winter.

At around 3:30 a.m., on Jan. 4, police responded to a complaint that a man was swinging a club-like weapon at a group of other men.

Three men suffered injuries. They testified at the trial that French assaulted them with a four-foot-long piece of railing, which weighed about five pounds.

One man suffered a broken arm and still has a difficult time using it.

Several other witnesses also testified at the trial, including a bartender and RNC police officers.

Const. Dustin Spurrell told the court that when he first arrived at the bar, several people pointed to French, who was getting in a taxi at the time.

“He was intoxicated and pretty riled up,” Spurrell said about French. “He was quite angry … agitated.”

Spurrell said the investigation revealed the altercation stemmed from an argument that started inside the club between French and a group of men, who were in the their 20s.

Once the men got outside, it got physical.

Many people there told police French had hit the men with the piece of railing. Witnesses said he was swinging it like a baseball bat.

Spurrell placed French under arrest shortly afterwards.

“He said to me, ‘It was self defence. What was I supposed to do with six or seven guys?’” Spurrell said.

He said French eventually calmed down and apologized for his behaviour.

But Flynn didn’t buy French’s self-defence argument.

French was represented by John McGrath, while Lynn Moore handled the prosecution.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Old Placentia Road

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  • Glenn
    June 26, 2013 - 18:33

    I've been a Tols Timeout, many times, and finally decided not to got there anymore. It's much like going down town to George St, and it's my honest opinion, the majority of young men and racked on drugs or drunk on alcohol thus causing them to be nothing more then PUNKS, looking for trouble. What would one expect French to do, lye down and take a beating or defend his-self the best way possible. In self defence, officers of the law can shoot you with a gun, so, is the law actually saying because we're not officers of the law we cannot defend our-selves, sounds like BS to me.

  • Bob's Your Uncle
    June 26, 2013 - 16:36

    It's pretty bad when an older guy has to protect himself against 20 somethings with a 4 piece of wood! Unbelievable, only at Tol's! Regular Friday/Saturday Night in Mount Pearl.

  • Judge
    June 26, 2013 - 14:50

    What would the judge do with 6-7 guys? I doubt if French started a fight with them. If they were all out in the parking lot, I suspect they followed him. I don't know French but he doesn't look like the type to fight 6-7 guys.

    • Molly
      June 27, 2013 - 15:28

      So what happened to the punks that started the fight in the first place, and if there were bouncers on the door why did they let these young punks to go outside if they knew that French was leaving. It seems to me that they wanted to see if French could take them or not and that is just wrong, I hope French pressed charges against these men. You can't go anywhere these days to have a bit of fun not fit.