Man who failed to show up for sentencing arrested

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on June 17, 2014
Michael John Rakai, shown here during his trial in December 2013, didn’t show up for his sentencing hearing Monday morning at provincial court in St. John’s.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A man who was the subject of an arrest warrant after he failed to show up to court to be sentenced earlier this year is behind bars.

Michael Rakai, 35, was picked up by police in Bonne Bay, on the west coast of the province over the weekend and brought back to St. John's.

He appeared in provincial court in St John's this morning. Lawyers agreed to have Rakai remanded into custody and have his case set over until July 3.

He faces charges of failing to appear in court and failing to sign in at police headquarters.

Rakai was convicted after a trial in December 2013 on several charges for assaulting a man and a woman with bear spray.

He was charged after an incident on Merrymeeting Road on April 9, 2013.

Rakai — also known as Hatchet — sprayed mace at a man and swung a hatchet and then smashed a window at the couple's house.

He claimed it was to defend himself because the man was swinging a bat at him.

But Judge David Orr said if Jordan had a bat, Rakia's force was excessive and he could have called police.

Rakai was found guilty of two counts of assault with bear spray, damaging property and possessing dangerous weapons.

He was scheduled to be sentenced March 10 of this year, but he didn't show up. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

When Rakai was originally arrested, he was released on conditions to keep the peace and report to police three times a week. Since he didn't breach those conditions, Rakai wasn't taken into custody.