UPDATE: Judge to decide Tuesday if accused murderer to be free on bail again

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'It was all a misunderstanding,’ accused murderer Kenny Green says

A NL Supreme Court judge will decide Tuesday if accused murderer Kenny Green will be freed from jail again.

Accused murderer Kenny Green is seen in the file photo from court.

A hearing was held this afternoon to argue the issue.

Green was charged with breaching conditions of his bail Saturday, a day after he was released on bail.

He was said to have gone into Jungle Jim restaurant at around 5 pm that day. While the 35-year-old apparently wasn't drinking, the restaurant does sell alcohol. When Green was released on bail Friday afternoon, one of the conditions was that he not enter any licensed drinking establishment.

After defence lawyer Randy Piercey and Crown prosecutor Sheldon Steeves presented their arguments, Justice William Goodridge opted to review the evidence before coming to a final conclusion.

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Accused murderer Kenny Green was back in provincial court in St. John’s this morning, two days after he was taken back to jail.

“It was all a misunderstanding,” he said to reporters as he was being led back to the holding cells following a brief appearance before a judge. Green’s lawyer, Randy Piercey, and Crown prosecutor Sheldon Steeves agreed to set the case over until Tuesday. 

Green is charged with breaching conditions of his release. He was arrested Saturday evening when he was spotted at Jungle Jim’s on Topsail Road. While he isn’t suspected of drinking, Green had been ordered to stay out of any establishment that sells alcohol. He reportedly had been at the restaurant with his girlfriend and a teenaged girl and was arrested when the group exited the restaurant. 

Green had been granted bail Friday following a bail review hearing the day before. 

Green, 35, will be back at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s this afternoon to deal with his bail. 

He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder. He’saccused of killing 47-year-old Joey Whalen, who died in hospital on March 17, 2013, two days after he was reportedly beaten at a notorious drug house on Tessier Place in the downtown area of the city. Shortly after his arrest, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the Waterford Hospital. While at the hospital, he was charged with conspiring with Matthew O’Quinn to escape lawful custody in April 2013 after nurses found sheets tied together in the room they were sleeping in. With those charges still pending, Greenwas denied bail in June 2013 by Justice Donald Burrage. However, last month, Green and O’Quinn were found not guilty of the conspiracy charge. Green then sought the bail review in Supreme Court and was released until his re-arrest Saturday night.

Organizations: Supreme Court, Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Topsail Road, Tessier Place

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  • Dawn
    January 20, 2014 - 21:41

    A misunderstanding - really. Why would bail even be considered let alone granted given this man's history - trying to escape from the Waterford, violating bail conditions - how much more can he do? Please - for once the judicial system in Newfoundland should do the correct thing!