Man charged with threat­en­ing school to un­dergo as­sess­ment

Ac­cused to ap­pear in court again April 10

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial - Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

The 45-year old man charged with ut­ter­ing a threat, via email, against River­side El­e­men­tary ear­lier this month, will un­dergo an as­sess­ment to see if he is fit to stand trial.

Gor­don Wheaton will re­main in cus­tody un­til then.

Wheaton ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Clarenville this af­ter­noon, his third ap­pear­ance since the ini­tial charges were laid on March 16.

Fol­low­ing that court ap­pear­ance Wheaton was re­leased, but was ar­rested again later that same night after al­legedly break­ing one of the con­di­tions of re­lease, a pro­hi­bi­tion on pos­sess­ing, con­sum­ing or traf­fick­ing in il­le­gal drugs.

A new charge of fail­ing to keep the peace and be of good be­hav­ior has since been laid.

Wheaton also faces an­other charge of al­legedly ut­ter­ing threats against a woman in Marys­town.

He will next ap­pear in Clarenville pro­vin­cial court April 10, and it will be de­ter­mined then whether the mat­ter will pro­ceed to trial.

Court pro­ceed­ings sched­uled for this morn­ing in Clarenville, in­clud­ing Wheaton’s mat­ter, were post­poned un­til this af­ter­noon be­cause of a power out­age in Grand Bank.

Judge Harold Porter ap­peared in Clarenville pro­vin­cial court by video con­fer­ence from the Grand Bank court­house.

MARK SQUIBB/ THE PACKET

Gor­don Wheaton is led into Clarenville pro­vin­cial court Tues­day, March 13.

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