UPDATE: Man, 34, charged with murder in Tessier Place investigation

Published on March 19, 2013

Ken Edward Green, 34, was back in provincial court this afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 47-year-old St. John’s man who died days after an assault at a home on Tessier Place in St. John’s.

Green has now been remanded into custody at the Waterford Hospital in St. John's for a week-long psychiatric assessment. He appeared in court this morning and was to undergo a lunch-hour assessment, however, the psychiatrist reported he was unable to interview Green and thus, unable to make an assessment.

Green's case will be called in court again March 26.

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Ken Edward Green, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 47-year-old St. John’s man who died days after an assault at a home on Tessier Place in St. John’s.

The RNC made the arrest Monday night and the accused is expected to appear in provincial court this morning.

Green made a short court appearance this morning and was sent for a lunch-hour psychiatric assessment. He'll be back in court this afternoon.

Last Wednesday about 10:30 a.m., officers from RNC patrol services, criminal investigation and forensic identification divisions responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Tessier Place in the downtown area of St. John’s.

The 47-year-old man was transported to hospital with injuries where on Sunday he succumbed to those injuries.

The accused was arrested 11:25 p.m. Monday at a residence in the west end of St. John’s by the RNC Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), street patrol services and criminal investigation division.

Investigators with the Major Crime Unit of the RNC Criminal Investigation Division would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

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The RNC has made an arrest in connection with the homicide investigation on Tessier Place in the downtown area of St. John's.

The accused man is expected to make a court appearance later this morning at provincial court in St. John's.

On Saturday, the RNC issued a release stating an assault investigation linked to the house had turned into a homicide investigation after a 47-year-old man died in hospital.

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A group of concerned citizens from a neighbourhood that's now the scene of a homicide investigation want to make sure that what's been going on at one residence for the past two years, doesn't happen again.

One resident from the area who wished to remain anonymous says there was plenty of warning something violent was going to take place at 8 Tessier Pl. in the downtown area of St. John's.

For two years, the residence has been the site of hard drug activity, the area resident says.

They say the house is known to neighbours, the landlord of the property and police as a crack house, yet nothing was done.

The residence has had a slew of people coming and going from it at all hours with up to eight cars blocking the cul-de-sac, the resident says, but the parking and traffic issues are miniscule compared to the other activity.

They say there have been people shooting up drugs under stairs, decks and patios with needles that are then strewn about other properties. A green area between Tessier Place and a neighbouring street has become particularly troublesome.

"People walk by there walking their kids to school and watch somebody shooting up," the resident says.

And with the drug use has come frequent incidents of violence.

"It became so normal for there to be fighting and violence that if you hear somebody shouting and screaming in the middle of the night you just turn over and go back to sleep because it's very, very regular."

They say one person in the neighbourhood who works shift work put up with a lot.

"When he comes home at night, he talks about being terrified of what he's going to find. Is he going to walk into the middle of a fight? Is he going to encounter some of the drug thugs that frequent, especially at night, the area?"

There was even an issue with sewage leaking from the basement of the house onto the street. After frequent calls to the city, the issue was dealt with only to happen again.

On Saturday, the RNC issued a release stating an assault investigation linked to the house had turned into a homicide investigation after a 47-year-old man died in hospital.

Not necessary

The resident says it didn't have to happen. There was lots of warning about the potential for violence, but nothing was done and now somebody is dead.

What went on in that house isn't a reflection of the neighbourhood, though, they say.

"It's one house in a nice neighbourhood," the resident says.

They say there's a range of people who have lived in the area from four to up to 30 years and such issues haven't been in the tiny neighbourhood for long, but they're both frightening and discouraging.

Now area residents want to fight back and say they want to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.

Since the investigation turned into a homicide over the weekend, there hasn't been anybody living at the property. The resident says the neighbourhood wants to make sure that whoever does move in are better than the last tenants.

Complaining or reporting on the activity isn't enough, they say. They spoke to other area residents, and realized everybody had contacted the property management company to complain. The police were frequently called, too, as well as the city.

It all led to nothing, the resident says.

The resident says it's understood that individually everybody's hands are tied, even the law's to a certain extent, so they are planning a meeting to bring all the groups together.

"We're concerned about who is going to move in next and why was it for two years we couldn't get any attention paid to this issue," they say.

"Our first agenda that we want to talk about is how can we make landlords accountable for these kinds of safety and health hazards."

A meeting planned for Friday will include area residents, Coun. Sheilagh O'Leary, one of the deputy chiefs of the RNC, representatives from the Community Youth Network and city officials.

The resident says the problem is bigger than just the house in their neighbourhood.

"We realize, yes, that our first priority is to make sure that this landlord doesn't rent to these people again, but that's also only moving the problem along."

They say such situations are becoming more frequent throughout the city and following this initial meeting, they want to plan a general meeting to look at the bigger issue. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss what can be done to make sure landlords are accountable when they know illegal activity is happening on their property.

josh.pennell@thetelegram.com

 

These stories have been changed to reflect updated information.