Man charged in Renews stabbing incident pleads not guilty

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A man suspected of stabbing another man during a party on the southern shore last fall will go to trial in January 2015.

Spencer Rees Jesso is pictured being escorted by a sheriff's officer after his first court appearance in September 2013. — File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

In Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s this morning, Spencer Rees Jesso pleaded not guilty to all three charges against him while being arraigned.

Jesso faces charges of aggravated assault, uttering threats to a woman and breaching conditions of his probation.

Scott Hurley — who was in court today filling in for Jesso’s lawyer Rhona Buchans — and Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten agreed to schedule to the trial for Jan. 12.

However, they suggested to Justice William Goodridge that the case be called again in November for a status update.

It’s estimated the trial will last five days.

Jesso, 24, was said to have been involved in a fight at a beach party in Renews on Sept. 22, 2013.

During the altercation, Jesso reportedly stabbed a man multiple times in the chest. The 20-year-old victim from Ferryland suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the RCMP in Ferryland. He was taken to hospital.

Jesso — who is not in custody, having been released on bail — grew up in Ontario, but has family in Renews.

When he first appeared in court after the incident last year, he had two black eyes and scratches on his face.

 

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Renews, Ferryland, Ontario Renews.When

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