St. John’s man accused of serious assault asks judge for help

Published on March 16, 2016
Anthony Sharpe appeared in provincial court in St. John’s today, the day after he reportedly seriously assaulted another man. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

A St. John’s man suspected in a vicious assault in the centre of the city Tuesday night pleaded with the judge today to help him get out of trouble.

“How in the name of God am I supposed to get out of this?” Anthony Sharpe said when he appeared in provincial court in St. John’s.

“There’s no way out of it. ... I don’t know what to do.”

Sharpe was arrested after an incident that happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday, when he and another man were reportedly involved in an altercation.

Both men were taken to hospital to be treated.

Sharpe — who had a bandage on his left arm and bruises on his face — continued to speak up in the courtroom, directing his comments to Judge Mike Madden.

“I can’t trust Legal Aid and I can't afford a (private) lawyer,” the 38-year-old Sharpe said.

“You’ve got to trust somebody,” Madden replied.

“I don’t trust anybody,” Sharpe said.

He went on to say, “I got stabbed last night. .. I’ve got no family. They’re all gone. Take my life! Take it!”

Madden quieted Sharpe while he and the lawyers work out scheduling for his case.

They agreed to have the case return to court March 30.

Sharpe faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of breaching probation. He also has outstanding charges of theft under $5,000 from Sobeys, along with two counts of breaching probation.

“I’m trapped,” Sharpe said, shaking his head, before leaving the courtroom.

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