Bail hearing set for man charged in HMP attack

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Up to 10 others expected to appear before a judge today

A man suspected of participating in an orchestrated violent attack on another inmate earlier this year is scheduled to have a bail hearing today.

Paul Connolly appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday.

The 32-year-old was arrested Sunday in the capital city. After a brief appearance before a judge Tuesday, he was remanded into custody until his bail hearing this afternoon.

Connolly was implicated in what is believed to have been a planned assault on accused murderer Kenny Green.

It happened Feb. 9 in the chapel at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, where several inmates had gathered for the weekly Sunday service. A group of them were said to have attacked Green with homemade weapons.

Connolly is believed to have used a section of the chapel’s pew to assault Green.

A number of inmates were involved in the altercation. Some of them were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, which were believed to be lacerations and stab wounds. Green was not seriously injured.

Green was first jailed in March of last year in connection with the beating death of 47-year-old Joey Whalen. Whalen died in hospital on St. Patrick’s Day, two days after he was reportedly beaten at a notorious Tessier Place drug house in downtown St. John’s.

Green, 35, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

Connolly is charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and damaging property over $5,000 at HMP.

Connolly has a history of violence. He has 269 convictions on his criminal record for committing such crimes as assault, assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats. He also has convictions for theft, fraud and breaches of court orders.

Up to 10 others have also been charged in connection with the attack and are expected in court today.

Geographic location: Tessier Place

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