TV camerman gets spit in the face

Rosie Mullaley
Published on February 15, 2012

Shawn Douglas Walbourne didn’t take well to the media attention.

As he was being escorted out of Courtroom No. 7 and back to the holding cells at provincial court in St. John’s today, he is alleged to have spit in a NTV cameraman’s face.

Two minutes beforehand, as Walbourne was being led into the courtroom, he threatened to do it.

“I’m going to spit on you,” he said. “You wait and see.”

After it happened, sheriff’s officers quickly whisked him through the door.

Walbourne had been arrested Monday on Grenfell Avenue in St. John’s where, police say, he had stolen property from a house he had just broken into on the same street.

Officers found him with jewelry, electronics and cash.

Later that evening, RNC officers searched Walbourne’s residence and found what they allege is more stolen items.

The 36-year-old reportedly wasn’t co-operative with officers.

He’s charged with break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, resisting arrest and property damage.

The property damage charge relates to damage he is accused of doing to the interview room at RNC headquarters.

Police say more charges are expected to be laid in relation to other break-ins.

Walbourne will stay in jail until new charges are laid. He’s due back in court Tuesday for a possible bail hearing.


Shawn Douglas Walbourne