Man who erupted in court apologizes for his behaviour - Standoff and robbery suspect Justin Wiseman calm, collected as new charges read to him

Rosie Mullaley
Published on May 19, 2013
Justin Wiseman
— File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Justin Joseph Wiseman was a different man in court Friday. The 21-year-old — charged in connection with a robbery and standoff with police last weekend — was calm, quiet and friendly as he was led into Courtroom No. 7 at provincial court in St. John’s.

It was a far cry from his behaviour the last time he was in court. On Monday, he was restrained by sheriff’s officers after he began screaming in the courtroom, accusing police of trying to kill him. Sheriff’s officers grabbed him as he tried to climb over the barrier in the prisoner’s dock.

But Friday, before proceedings began, he apologized for the outburst.

“I’m feeling much better now,” Wiseman was heard telling Crown prosecutor William Cadigan, who was sitting at the lawyers’ desk a short distance away.

None of the seven or eight men who had been in court Monday to support Wiseman and ended up in a ruckus with sheriff’s officers were in the courtroom Friday.

Duty counsel Jane Fitzpatrick told Judge Pamela Goulding additional charges have been laid against Wiseman — four firearms-related counts and two breaches of court orders.

The case returns to court May 24.

Wiseman was arrested early Sunday morning after an eight-hour armed standoff with police at a house on Pleasant Street. It was said to have happened after he held up the nearby City Superette convenience store with a knife.

Wiseman reportedly entered the store at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash and cigarettes before running away. There were no injuries during the incident.

He’s charged with armed robbery, having his faced masked, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public and breaching a court order.

The new charges are in relation to the standoff,  possessing a prohibited or restricted firearm with am­mu­nition, pointing a firearm at police officers, possessing a weapon (a sawed-off shotgun) for a dangerous purpose and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, as well as two breaches of court orders.

Police say Wiseman was barricaded in the Pleasant Street house with a shotgun, while Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the premises. He was arrested without incident after eight hours.

Wiseman — who was deemed fit to stand trial following a psychiatric assessment — has a dozen other charges stemming from four unrelated incidents. He is charged with uttering threats and breaching probation from Aug. 14; robbery from Marie's Mini Mart in Paradise, having his face masked, breaching probation and two counts of breaching an undertaking from Nov. 7, 2012; theft from Triple C Car Wash, breaching an undertaking and breaching probation from Nov. 17; and two counts of breaching a recognizance from March 5 of this year.

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