A man who assaulted a woman while her children listened in horror from outside a closed door will be sentenced later this summer.
Mike Jennings was in provincial court in St. John’s Wednesday to enter guilty pleas to several incidents, including one in which he assaulted a woman. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram
Mike Jennings of Conception Bay South pleaded guilty to six charges in relation to several incidents Wednesday in provincial court in St. John’s.
Lawyers agreed to schedule the sentencing hearing for Aug. 22.
The most serious incident happened Aug. 26, 2012, in Paradise.
At 8:30 p.m. that day, Jennings went to a woman’s house, forced her to the bedroom, closed the door and assaulted her. He yelled at the children to go watch TV.
When police officers arrived, they saw the woman had injuries to her face.
He pleaded guilty to charges of assault and uttering threats in relation to the incident.
The 33-year-old had originally pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to the woman, but that changed after discussions between the lawyers. Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten agreed to proceed with a guilty plea to the lesser charge.
Jennings also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor.
On Jan. 9, 2012, he touched a girl in private areas over her clothes.
During proceedings, defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan brought up an issue regarding the publication ban, which prohibits the publishing or broadcast of any information that would lead to the identity of the victim.
Sullivan alleged that the girl’s father had made comments on Facebook that the girl was his daughter.
Judge Lori Marshall said she would not deal with that matter at that time, but would take it under advisement.
Jennings also pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching court orders by harassing another woman and communicating with her when he was ordered not to.
Jennings had texted the woman, phoned her and messaged her on Facebook. Jennings spoke up in court and claimed he was trying to get money that the woman owed him.
Prior to the start of proceedings, Jennings — who is in custody, having been denied bail — objected to the media coverage of his case.
“I’ve got family, you know,” he said to reporters.
Sullivan then instructed sheriff’s officers to take him back to the holding cells until the judge was ready to start.