Sham­rock City stab­bing

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE -

A wit­ness told po­lice Bell threw a knife onto the roof of Rod­way’s Of­fice Sup­plies, a busi­ness just across the street. RCMP re­trieved the bloody knife from the roof of Rod­way’s.

Bell was ar­rested at the scene and taken into cus­tody. He was later charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and breach of pro­ba­tion.

Bell ar­rived at the bar that night with a friend at about 10 or 11 p.m. As the night pro­gressed they be­came in­tox­i­cated, and Bell’s com­pan­ion was be­com­ing a nui­sance. Bell’s friend was ejected from the bar be­tween mid­night and 1 a.m., and Bell fol­lowed him out­side.

When Matthew Stacey went out to the park­ing lot for a smoke, he no­ticed Bell and his friend were shout­ing and ar­gu­ing.

A fe­male bar­tender came out to per­suade them to take a cab and leave the premise. When Bell got in the bar­tender’s face and shoved her, Stacey in­ter­vened. He warned Bell not to hit her.

In­stead, Bell punched Stacey. The two be­gan ex­chang­ing blows, and Stacey man­aged to knock Bell down. The two con­tin­ued punch­ing each other. The fight ended when Stacey heard some­one scream, “that’s enough!”

As Stacey was walk­ing away, he looked down and saw his in­testines hang­ing out be­low the naval.

He had re­ceived a cut six to eight inches long that re­quired 18 stiches. He did not suf­fer in­ter­nal in­juries.

Bell claimed he was jumped by a group of men and that he acted in self-de­fense. And though there was a large crowd gath­ered on the park­ing lot and some small scraps oc­curred be­tween some of the men gath­ered, Judge No­ble, based on the to­tal­ity of the ev­i­dence, did not ac­cept Bell’s ver­sion of the story.

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