Man found guilty of assaulting men outside Mount Pearl bar

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on June 26, 2013
Jamie Patrick French

A man who swung and hit three men with a piece of wood outside a Mount Pearl bar has been convicted of criminal charges.

Jamie Patrick French was found guilty of three counts of assault with a weapon Tuesday at provincial court in St. John’s.

Judge Colin Flynn rendered his decision shortly after the full-day trial.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 29.

The charges were laid after a fight broke out on the parking lot outside Tols’ Timeout Lounge on Old Placentia Road in Mount Pearl this past winter.

At around 3:30 a.m., on Jan. 4, police responded to a complaint that a man was swinging a club-like weapon at a group of other men.

Three men suffered injuries. They testified at the trial that French assaulted them with a four-foot-long piece of railing, which weighed about five pounds.

One man suffered a broken arm and still has a difficult time using it.

Several other witnesses also testified at the trial, including a bartender and RNC police officers.

Const. Dustin Spurrell told the court that when he first arrived at the bar, several people pointed to French, who was getting in a taxi at the time.

“He was intoxicated and pretty riled up,” Spurrell said about French. “He was quite angry … agitated.”

Spurrell said the investigation revealed the altercation stemmed from an argument that started inside the club between French and a group of men, who were in the their 20s.

Once the men got outside, it got physical.

Many people there told police French had hit the men with the piece of railing. Witnesses said he was swinging it like a baseball bat.

Spurrell placed French under arrest shortly afterwards.

“He said to me, ‘It was self defence. What was I supposed to do with six or seven guys?’” Spurrell said.

He said French eventually calmed down and apologized for his behaviour.

But Flynn didn’t buy French’s self-defence argument.

French was represented by John McGrath, while Lynn Moore handled the prosecution.

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