Man charged in serious assault says he did nothing wrong

Rosie Mullaley
Published on February 3, 2014
Rodney Deniro in court this morning in St. John's. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A man suspected of seriously injuring his common-law wife by assaulting her with a pellet gun, a shoe and a knife claims he didn't do anything wrong.

"Good day," Rodney Deniro said, smiling, to reporters as he was being escorted into Courtroom No. 7 by sheriff's officers at provincial court in St. John's this morning.

"All I have to say is I'm innocent."

Deniro was arrested Saturday following incidents that reportedly happened in the couple's house on Guzzwell Drive

The woman was rushed to hospital with what police said were serious injuries.

The 42-year-old is charged with seven charges — three counts of assault with a weapon (a pellet gun, shoe and knife), two counts of uttering threats and single counts of aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

The Crown is opposed to Deniro's release.

Lawyers in court today agreed to set the case over until Tuesday afternoon for a bail hearing.

Deniro, who also goes by the name Roderick Long, has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for such crimes as assault, uttering threats, theft, fraud over $5,000 and breaching court orders. His record dates back to 2005, with his latest crimes committed in 2012.

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