Five charged with Southlands assault back in custody awaiting bail hearing

Tara Bradbury
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Victims’ mother thanks witnesses for their courage to come forward

Their Facebook pages are full of photos: groups of kids posing with bottles of alcohol and cigarettes dangling from their mouth, hands with middle fingers raised or making gang symbols or a finger gun. They compliment each other on how tough they look, peppering their posts with the n-word.

When the four teenage boys appeared in court Monday morning, it was with less bravado. One of them, when told by the judge he would not be getting out of jail until after his bail hearing on Thursday at the earliest, looked toward his mother for a second before hanging his head and starting to cry.

Many of their family members were visibly upset as well — every boy had a turn in the dock by himself, and when the aggravated assault charge was read to them, in a couple of cases their mother or father broke down.

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The boys, aged 15 and 16, were arrested Sunday in connection with an assault on a 21-year-old man March 4 in the Southlands area of St. John’s. The man, who lived at the residence, had reportedly returned home to find a family member having a party, friends say; when he tried to eject people from the home, he was assaulted.

Police say his injuries were consistent with a stabbing, and he was taken to hospital in serious condition.

All four of the teens have been charged with aggravated assault, and one of them is also facing a charge of breaching probation. They have all been remanded in custody until their bail hearing Thursday morning. Because of their age, none of them can be named.

A fifth person, 22-year-old Robert Mills, was also arrested, and was led into court in shackles and on crutches (a comment he wrote on his Facebook page March 6 says he had just gotten out of hospital after having been stabbed).

In addition to charges of aggravated assault and breaching probation, Mills, who smirked at times as he sat in the dock, has been charged with possessing a prohibited weapon, namely brass knuckles, and using them. He was taken back into custody to await a bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

All five accused were presented with a list of 27 people, including the victim and witnesses and in some cases their own girlfriends, with whom they are allowed no contact, directly or indirectly.

After court, there was a clash between some of the accused’s family members and friends on the escalators and landings on the way out of the building, different sides yelling at each other and blaming each other for landing their loved one in jail.

The victim has been released from hospital and is recovering. His mother, Michelle Bailey, had posted an impassioned plea on social media last week, begging for witnesses to the assault to come forward. Sunday evening, she made another post to thank them and members of the RNC.

“I can’t  thank the RNC, particularly Const. Pittman, enough for the hard work that went into making this happen,” she said of the arrests. “Also, more than anything, to the teens and others that stepped up and told the truth. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your courage. One step in the healing process (after) what has happened to my family.”

RNC Const. Geoff Higdon told members of the media that police had launched an extensive investigation into the assault.

“Investigators relied mostly on just following tips and information they had received, as well as they conducted a series of interviews with people who had been at the party or people who had come forward with other information,” he said.

Police are still investigating the assault, and are asking anyone who witnessed it or who might have information to share to contact them at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.



Twitter: @tara_bradbury


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Accused in Southlands assault appear in court

A screaming match erupted between family members of some of the males who appeared in provincial court this morning in connection with an assault in the Southlands area of St. John’s.

Five people — four male youths aged 15 and 16 and Robert Mills, 22 — have been charged with assaulting a 21-year-old man during a house party March 4.

Once each of the accused had appeared before the judge, their family members and friends, many visibly upset, filed out of the courtroom. Outside on the escalator and landings and on the way out of the building, some of them began screaming at each other, blaming each other for landing their loved one in jail.

Three of the youth, who cannot be named, were charged with aggravated assault and one of them is also facing a breach of a probation order for his alleged involvement in the incident. In addition to charges of aggravated assault and breach of probation, Mills is charged with possession of a weapon - brass knuckles - and assault with a weapon for allegedly using them. Mills appeared in court on crutches.

The victim, who sustained serious injuries but is recovering, is a resident of the home on Mahogany Place and reportedly came home Friday night to find a party happening. It’s said he was attempting to eject people from the house when he was assaulted. Police said last week he had been stabbed.

The accused appeared in court one after the other, brought in individually in shackles. One of the youth began to cry as Judge Jacqueline Jenkins, who presided by phone from Gander, remanded him in custody until Thursday morning, when all four youth will have bail hearings. Mills' bail hearing has been set for Wednesday morning.

Crown prosecutor Natalie Payne read a list of 27 witnesses with which the accused are not permitted to have any contact.

Geographic location: Southlands, Mahogany Place, Gander

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Recent comments

  • guy incognito
    March 16, 2016 - 08:49

    Super skeet hangs around with kids? Tough guy.

  • Bruce
    March 15, 2016 - 20:13

    Here we go again, more punks who will do a month or two and get out with tear drop tattoos and act like they just got outta San Quintan..........

  • Samuel J.
    March 15, 2016 - 12:36

    Re: Johnny & Brian. Yes 'the Telegram undoubtedly chooses what they allow to be posted'. They'd be fools not to. They have to be on the look-out for anything that might be libellous. As for the 'vitriol', most readers would be happy to see that low brow stuff disappear. My own observation is two fold: (1) that the Telegram has excelled at allowing fair comment more than most other local or national media, including for example the CBC, the Globe & Mail and the National Post - even if criticisms are directed at the Telegram; and (2) the promptness with which the Telegram posts reader comments has declined drastically over the past several months. That might be due, in part, to an abundance of caution but I suspect it has more to do with the worsening economic environment for print media. Like most dailies, the Telegram has been forced to cut costs to remain viable. While its parent company, Transcontinental, has shown a resurgence of profitability this past year, that uptick is believed tied principally to its contract printing and packaging activities as opposed to its own publications. Indeed TC Media has sold off some of its publications and it's possible we will see more sold before they are done. The Telegram (or Evening Telegram) has a superb provenance. It has been an important part of Newfoundland culture and communications for almost a century and a half. It would be sad to see it succumb to the financial pressures responsible for the free fall in newspaper outlets. It is commonly held that the phenomena is due to the digital revolution. While that is true in part, it belies a much broader malaise - which is the decline of journalism itself. But that's another subject.

  • There but for the grace of God...
    March 15, 2016 - 11:03

    Most parents see teen culture as a subset of their own. They project values and behaviours onto their teens that, in many cases, are not valid. In other words, there is something of a mass denial of the existence of a culture that is increasingly predatory, violent, escapist, anti-authorian, exploitive, devious and captive to drugs and alcohol. Preventing your son or daughter from being dragged through that vortex into a dark, dangerous underworld is a huge challenge. There are many different forces exerting themselves on youth - most of them good. But there is one - peer pressure - that psychologists show time and again to be far more powerful than any other. Susceptibility to anti-social peer pressure is the principal challenge facing teens. Either they have a strong set of values and a strong sense of self by the time they reach puberty or they face a very difficult decade - and for some - a very difficult life. Few teens are impervious to peer pressure however much their parents might think otherwise. Parenting is never easy. It's not something most couples are really trained for or indeed ready for. We demand people be trained, tested and licensed for jobss that are far less complex or daunting. It's essentially on-the-job training. What separates those who succeed from those who don't is as much down to circumstance as it is to intelligence or good intent. Parents of children who survive and thrive in their teen years shouldn't be too smug. Sometimes there's only a hair's breadth separating the winners from the losers. In part it is owed to hard work and vigilance but much more of it is down to chance they we want to believe.

  • Sally Anne
    March 15, 2016 - 10:30

    When I was a teenager I had to be home by 8 on the week days and 9 on the weekends. If I broke that rule their will be consequences for my actions. I partly blame the parents and I partly blame the Teenagers. Some parent's don't give a hoot as to were their kids go, they are themselves rebellious and don't care. As for the teenagers some of them don't listen, you can tell them what to do and they just yell back at the parents like I don't give a ( curse word) Your not the boss of me and what not. Now if someone would swipe their smirk off their face, cos stabbing someone is nothing to smirk about.

  • Tim
    March 15, 2016 - 10:13

    If you remember the last 2 cases exactly like this ..The public freaks out because of a stabbing , the case goes to trial and the alleged offender is found not guilty after it was found out he was attacked and defending himself...

  • DWI
    March 15, 2016 - 09:24

    ".Most of our kids think such violence is totally acceptable, even funny. " ...This from a Trumpette. Kids, especially teenagers, spend more time with the media and their friends than their parents. But so long is it is in vogue to blame the parents for everything and disregard the environmental influences, we will be discussing this for a while to come.

  • The Unfortunate Truth
    March 15, 2016 - 09:19

    For the most part kids are a product of their environment. It's rather unfortunate that this type of behavior is as common as it is. If you're willing to stab someone, you're willing to kill.

  • Frank
    March 15, 2016 - 08:51

    VOCM was sued for the vitriol that was posted on their site hence no more comments. Let's not see that happen here.

    • Johnnyp
      March 15, 2016 - 12:52

      Is this known for sure? Please allow me to pass out a few tinfoil hats for this theory... Comment sections disappearing is a provincial issue, so what could be a provincial cause for that? Maybe, just maybe, SIRT and Don Dunphy Inquiries (DDI) have uncovered that our provincial law enforcement has used or IS using comment sections/social media to identify potential problem individuals. If those groups hosting the comment sections co-operated with law enforcement in laying charges or investigations and the public found out, how many readers would you suppose that news agency would lose? All of them, probably? Long story short, I theorize comment sections are disappearing for fear of retribution after upcoming DDI and SIRT investigations possibly reveal our provincial law enforcement inappropriately used them and possibly involved the hoster of the comment sections in an inappropriate investigation. Can I have my hats back now?

  • joe
    March 15, 2016 - 08:18

    From my experience parents who blame other children and other parents or blame teachers have no control of their own child. You know!!!!!

  • Just Say'n
    March 15, 2016 - 07:13

    Scroll back up...look at the photo....there's an old say'n......"When someone shows you who they are, you better believe them"....Just Say'n

  • MC
    March 14, 2016 - 19:01

    If the accused are found guilty, they won't get anything but a wagging finger from Jackie Jenkins.

  • Ted
    March 14, 2016 - 16:59

    What a tough guy.. Ha,ha, 22 years old hanging around with 15 and 16 year olds.... As for the parents blaming each other... Blame yourselves... Their your kids,raise them properly so the rest of society doesn't hav to deal with them.

  • Ed
    March 14, 2016 - 16:26

    Now the families have developed an interest in their children and want to fight over who is at fault. You are all at fault, the parents and the children. Grow up a take responsibility for what happened, it's about time you set a good example for your children.

  • Me
    March 14, 2016 - 15:44

    22 and 15-16??? Wow. Is there a law against endangering the life of a child. Why does he hang with kids?. Some time at HMP may wipe the smirk off his face. The younger ones are getting a lesson in life. I hope they learn from it.

  • Scotty
    March 14, 2016 - 14:56

    Stab someone in the head, neck and torso. How can it be anything less than attempted murder? The justice system is totally insane.

  • Don't leave your teenagers alone!
    March 14, 2016 - 13:10

    Very unfortunate situation and I hope the victim recovers completely. I have a very sensible teenager that would not even leave home alone-not due to level of responsibility but the ridiculousness of social media and the "party on!" mentality.

    • The real Calvin
      March 14, 2016 - 13:31

      Hate to break it to you, but you are creating a teenager who will become as much a drain on society as the ones becoming criminals. A generation of completely dependent young people helps no one. Your child should be out living, getting in trouble, getting out of trouble, interacting with their peers, etc. You think you are helping your child, but you are doing as much damage as the fools yelling at each other in a court room.

    • Elizabeth
      March 14, 2016 - 14:26

      I am so tired of everyone putting the blame on the innocent. While I am sure your child is sensible, they are still a teenager! They are not any more a saint than my sensible teenager. The bubble that you put your child in will eventually break. And if I were to go on holiday, I would not think twice to invite that young man, who is a victim in all of this, to my home to watch my pets! I am so sick of self-righteous people! To the other posts, Johhnyp, mainlander and mad as hell,well said.

    • To Elizabeth:
      March 14, 2016 - 15:37

      Didn't say my teenager was a "saint" and we ain't in any bubble I can assure you! Only said I wouldn't leave teenagers home alone for a weekend party due to social media! Don't compare yourself with someone you don't even know -just saying that teenage crowds/parties can be social media some social "righteousness/part" and add constructive advice for the teenagers or parents. Yeah when teenagers get together you gotta hope for the best no matter where & when. Sorry you're feeling so sick.

    • George
      March 14, 2016 - 16:59

      No doubt your helicopter style of parenting has a lot to do with your child's inability to leave home alone. This story is very unfortunate but you aren't doing your child any favors by babying them to such a degree. Let them grow up.

    • D
      March 15, 2016 - 10:14

      I'm sure the lady (Don't leave your....) can speak for herself but I think what she's saying is that she wouldn't leave her child home alone because of social media/party mentality NOT that the child won't leave home or is sheltered. I believe I misread it wrong at first as well (I blame the easy email/online style of writing. Emphasis is lost....sort of like responsibility is lost on the parents of the accused society-drains in the story. BOOM, full-circle!) My 2-cents. Let the little punks pay for their mistakes.

  • Johnnyp
    March 14, 2016 - 12:59

    Thank you TC Media/The Telegram for maintaining a comments section on your web site. Other news sources have decided to silence Newfoundland by systematically removing comments sections from stories coming out of Newfoundland. Your effort to continue to have comments sections has not gone unnoticed. Equitable Portrayal applies not only to output from a news source, but also to how that news source listens to its audience.

    • Brian
      March 15, 2016 - 06:44

      The real problem is the vitriol that's posted by a few that's ruined the situation for the rest. But, don't be fooled. The Telegram chooses what they will allowed to be posted.

  • mainlander
    March 14, 2016 - 12:24

    I'm pretty sure the fault starts & ends with each one of these kids, and their parents - not the other kids and parents involved. Take responsibility for the actions of your children and stop blaming other people because YOUR kid is in trouble.

  • mad as hell
    March 14, 2016 - 12:15

    omg.. a young man gets stabbed that many times and all the parents got to do is yell and blame each other!!! All the parents are to blame how did you raise your kids by?Thats the problem these days they place blame at everyone else's feet blame the true criminals YOUR KIDS AND YOU!!!!!!see when you blame everyone else makes you one of these kids that's thinks their brought these kids into this world just think about who you are leaving in this there's no time like the present to fix YOUR mistakes and make them known to your kids they have to pay the price about what they done and it's NO ONE ELSE'S FAULT only their own!!there is no reason why someone needs to be stabbed!

    • Scotty
      March 14, 2016 - 16:23

      I so agree. We are going to have to deal with a generation of monsters who think they are entitled and when they don't get what they want there is hell to pay. Its all about them! Its the fault of the parents , no one else. What your kids do goes back to how they are raised. Blame who you want, its the parents. Most of our kids think such violence is totally acceptable, even funny. Its more of a priority to video it than to try and prevent it or do the right thing after the fact. What a screwed up generation! Thanks Mom and Dad.