By Rosie Gillingham
He may have said he was at the wrong place, but a man who terrorized a family when he barged into their house with a knife last spring did the wrong thing, a St. John’s judge concluded.
In provincial court Wednesday, Jordan Stewart Cook, 30, was found guilty of several charges, including assault with a weapon, uttering threats and resisting arrest.
Judge David Orr found Cook not guilty of a charge of break and enter with intent to commit a crime, but guilty of the lesser included offence of being unlawfully in a home.
The charges were laid in connection with an incident that happened in May at Copperthwaite Court, in the Anderson Avenue area of St. John’s.
Cook walked into a house where a family of four lived. A man, one of the homeowners, confronted Cook, who then wielded a knife.
When police showed up, Cook grappled with officers, who were eventually able to subdue him.
When he appeared in court, Cook was released from custody on strict conditions, which included that he have no weapons.
However, a week later, he was in trouble with the law again.
He followed a woman home from a pharmacy and peeked in her house windows. When police showed up, they found he had a pocket knife, a violation of his release conditions.
As a result, the judge also found Cook guilty of prowling at night and breaching a court order.
Crown prosecutor Phyllis Harris and defence lawyer Jeff Brace will make arguments for sentencing Sept. 6.