St. John’s man accused of serious assault asks judge for help

Rosie Mullaley
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A St. John’s man suspected in a vicious assault in the centre of the city Tuesday night pleaded with the judge today to help him get out of trouble.

Anthony Sharpe appeared in provincial court in St. John’s today, the day after he reportedly seriously assaulted another man. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

“How in the name of God am I supposed to get out of this?” Anthony Sharpe said when he appeared in provincial court in St. John’s.

“There’s no way out of it. ... I don’t know what to do.”

Sharpe was arrested after an incident that happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday, when he and another man were reportedly involved in an altercation.

Both men were taken to hospital to be treated.

Sharpe — who had a bandage on his left arm and bruises on his face — continued to speak up in the courtroom, directing his comments to Judge Mike Madden.

“I can’t trust Legal Aid and I can't afford a (private) lawyer,” the 38-year-old Sharpe said.

“You’ve got to trust somebody,” Madden replied.

“I don’t trust anybody,” Sharpe said.

He went on to say, “I got stabbed last night. .. I’ve got no family. They’re all gone. Take my life! Take it!”

Madden quieted Sharpe while he and the lawyers work out scheduling for his case.

They agreed to have the case return to court March 30.

Sharpe faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of breaching probation. He also has outstanding charges of theft under $5,000 from Sobeys, along with two counts of breaching probation.

“I’m trapped,” Sharpe said, shaking his head, before leaving the courtroom.

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Recent comments

  • Gord
    March 16, 2016 - 21:08

    May I suggest you try theatre because I think acting is your calling.

  • david
    March 16, 2016 - 17:58

    An average child is more able to cope than this.

  • Don
    March 16, 2016 - 13:52

    I have another recommendation for Government,stop sending the parents of Autistic children in this province to a Child Protection Agency for help when there are no child protection issues as in our case.The parents of any child with special needs should be commended for all they give and not have to be forced to go to C.Y.F.S and seek assistance and be treated like they are not good parents.The Government should create a new department "Autism And Developmental Services and you will have the wait times decrease dramatically.

  • Sara
    March 16, 2016 - 13:28

    “How in the name of God am I supposed to get out of this?” you ask! Don't get in it in the first place, don't assault people. Don't end up in court, use your head.