Man charged in George Street stabbing freed from jail

Jake Long ordered to adhere to strict conditions

Rosie Mullaley
Published on April 3, 2014
Jake Long was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday for a bail hearing on charges laid following a weekend stabbing on George Street. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

An 18-year-old suspected of stabbing another man on George Street in St. John’s over the weekend has been released from prison.
Jake Long was granted bail Wednesday in provincial court at the conclusion of a hearing that began Monday.

Judge Mark Linehan handed down the decision to release Long on two $2,000 sureties. Conditions include that he live with his parents, adhere to a curfew and report to RNC headquarters twice a week. He is also not permitted to have any contact with the complainant.

Long is due back in court April 24.

Long is represented by defence lawyer Jeff Brace. Sheldon Steeves is the Crown prosecutor.

Evidence from a bail hearing is banned from publication.

Long first appeared in court Saturday, less than 12 hours after the stabbing incident. The victim is a 36-year-old man, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Sources told The Telegram that one of the stab wounds just missed piercing a major artery in his heart.

When Long was taken into police custody, he reportedly became irate and damaged property at RNC headquarters.

Long has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (a knife), possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing of a concealed weapon and mischief by damaging property.

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