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Four of eight charges in attempted murder case dropped

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STEPHENVILLE, N.L. —

The trial of a 33-year-old man who was living in Stephenville at the time he was charged with attempted murder is no longer an attempted murder case.

Four of eight charges were dropped in Stephenville Provincial Court.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, also dropped were attempting to suffocate, damage to property, and another of uttering threats.

Of the remaining charges, the man entered guilty pleas to one of assault and another of unlawful confinement. The other two charges are theft of a phone and break and enter.

During his testimony while being questioned by Bob Regular, his defense counsel, he talked about the evening and early morning (Jan. 11 and 12) the offence took place.

He spoke about his estranged partner going out for an evening with female friends and him going to a Stephenville bar and having a beer, then to another and having another beer, getting into a fight at the second bar and staying there almost to closing time.

During that time, he had sent text messages to the complainant and said he felt deceived when he got a text from her saying she was home and about the same time seeing a social media post with her still at a night club.

He heard from a woman she has been kissing another man at the club.

The accused said he did a line of cocaine because he was mad and thought that would help calm him down, to a certain extent.

The man said although they were not living in the same house anymore, he thought they would still get back together.

He said after he took a cab home he was worried about her as she hadn’t texted back to him despite her phone having 10-minute reminders about texts.

The man said she had a medical condition he was worried about and was getting nervous for her.

He described what happened at her home, how he went there and entered the house, eventually going upstairs to check on her, to make sure she was OK.

The accused said, after figuring out she was OK, he heard a message coming in on the phone and since he was paying for it he planned to take his property.

It was a message from the man she was alleged to have been with earlier and that got him “pissed off” at a picture on the phone, so that’s when he woke her, calling her unsavory names.

He said he was agitated but never freaked out at her, that she knelt up on the bed and slapped him and started screaming, eventually going downstairs and screaming out the door to get rid of him.

He described her slipping on the floor, grabbing a table in the hallway to get up and it fell over, breaking a jug.

The man said he had put his hand on her mouth to stop her from screaming and was trying to get the phone from her, but she managed to dial 911.

After he got the phone he took off out of the house and into his truck and broke the phone.

A publication ban is in place on any information that could lead to the identity of the complainant.

Crown has strong suggestions for accused

During cross-examination of a man who is facing four charges from an event on Jan. 12 of this year, Susan Gallant, Crown Attorney, had some strong questions for the accused.

When she asked him about how many phone calls he had made to his estranged girlfriend during the early morning hours the incident took place, he said one at the most.

She was quick to point out to him in the data extraction list that had been acquired there were 15 calls made from his phone during a two-hour period, in addition to the texts that he had sent that night.

Gallant also suggested that if he was so concerned about her as he said he was, why it took him so long to go to her place, that he wouldn’t have waited an hour after he got home and hadn’t got a reply from her.

She suggested he was past upset and not just agitated but angry after seeing what was on her phone and that, had it only been concern for her medical condition, he should have left her house after learning she was OK.

“But you never chose to do that, you chose to wake her by shouting at her,” Gallant said.

She also suggested that if the man was so concerned about her, why he wasn’t shouting out for her when he went into the house.

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