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Man charged with attempted murder of woman appeared in St. John’s provincial court Saturday morning

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Michael Hannaford appeared in provincial court in St. John’s Saturday morning to hear the charges against him.

He wore a white Tyvek suit while Judge James Walsh read the charges.

The 27-year-old faces eight charges altogether, including attempted murder of a woman.

Hannaford is also charged with mischief by damaging the woman’s property, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, pointing a firearm at the woman, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized.

Hannaford was arrested after police responded to a disturbance in the west end of St. John’s Friday afternoon. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers initially arrested him for mischief, damage to property, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

After the initial investigation, the Criminal Investigation Division was requested by police and additional charges were laid against Hannaford relating to an earlier incident.

Hannaford was then also charged with attempted murder, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

He is in police custody and will appear in provincial court Tuesday morning for a bail hearing.

Earlier story:

A 27-year-old man was arrested after police responded to a disturbance in the west end of the city Friday afternoon. RNC initially arrested him for mischief, (damage to property), uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

After the initial investigation, the Criminal Investigation Division was requested by police and additional charges were laid against the suspect relating to an earlier incident.

The man was also charged with attempted murder, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was held for court.

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