A year after he was given a life sentence, convicted murderer Steven Michael Neville was back before a St. John’s judge Monday.
Steven Neville. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
This time, it was for a trial on charges relating to an assault that was said to have happened four months before the murder.
Neville — who was found guilty of killing one man and trying to kill another in Paradise in October 2010 — is accused of smashing a beer bottle in another man’s face.
It reportedly happened at a field by Ryan’s Pond, which is off the Trans-Canada Highway near Middle Gull Pond, east of Gushue’s Pond Park. Neville was part of a group on a camping trip when, on June 26, 2010, a fight is believed to have broken out.
Neville is charged with assault with a weapon and three breaches of court orders.
The trial is expected to last for five days.
Neville is represented by defence lawyer Scott Hurley. Jason House is the Crown prosecutor. Justice Alphonsus Faour is on the bench.
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The case took a long time to get to trial because, at the time, Neville’s lawyers wanted to deal with his more serious charges first.
Neville was found guilty in February 2013 of second-degree murder and attempted murder. A month later, he was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 12 years.
Neville stabbed Doug Flynn and Ryan Dwyer repeatedly during a confrontation on Carlisle Drive in Paradise on Oct. 9, 2010.
Dwyer was badly injured, but survived. Flynn, 19, died from a knife wound to the temple. The knife had pierced his brain.