Ac­cused in Shearstown in­ci­dent makes third court ap­pear­ance

The Compass - - OPINION - Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

It has been just over two weeks since Barry Austin Morn­ingstar was ar­rested for nu­mer­ous of­fenses in­volv­ing a firearm in Shearstown, Con­cep­tion Bay.

The 21-year-old, who is still in cus­tody, ap­peared in Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court May 14 in leg cuffs and shack­les around his hands and waist.

Morn­ingstar has not yet en­tered a plea to the eight charges he faces, which in­clude use of a firearm in com­mit­ting rob­bery, two charges of point­ing a firearm, two charges of pos­sess­ing a weapon or im­i­ta­tion for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, and us­ing a firearm in com­mis­sion of in­dictable of­fense.

De­tails on the in­ci­dent have not been re­leased, but it was re­ported the week of April 29, sev­eral days af­ter it oc­cured.

Al­though Morn­ingstar ap­peared calm in court, The Com­pass has learned he had a vi­o­lent out­burst dur­ing his last court ap­pear­ance on Fri­day, May 9.

There were sev­eral gashes that could be seen on top of Morn­ingstar’s head. Morn­ingstar said the wounds were self-in­flicted, caused from hit­ting him­self with his own hand­cuffs.

Dur­ing to­day’s ap­pear­ance, he had shack­les around his waist, which kept his hands near his sides. He could not reach his head with the re­straints.

Morn­ingstar said dur­ing a court re­cess he was frus­trated at the time, and hurt­ing him­self was a bet­ter idea than hurt­ing other people around him.

Morn­ingstar has not ob­tained a lawyer to date, and will re­turn to Har­bour Grace court May 28 to en­ter a plea.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Barry Austin Morn­ingstar is fac­ing firearm re­lated charges from an in­ci­dent in Shearstown

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