Con­di­tional dis­charge awarded to Grand Bank fish­er­man

Wayne Meade ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court Aug. 31

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE GRAND BANK, NL

Wayne Meade was in pro­vin­cial court in Grand Bank on Aug. 31, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of ut­ter­ing threats to cause death or bod­ily harm.

The charges stem from com­ments Meade made to Fish, Food and Al­lied Works (FFAW) union rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dwan Street and Roland Hed­der­son dur­ing a meet­ing in For­tune Nov. 1, 2016. An agreed state­ment of facts pre­sented to the court states Meade was ag­gres­sive when he at­tended the meet­ing, he con­tin­ued to pound the ta­ble with his fists, and at one point told the rep­re­sen­ta­tives, “I will rip your heads of and shit down your neck.”

Coun­cil for the ac­cused said Meade told po­lice he did not in­tend to cause harm to ei­ther Dwan Street or Roland Hed­der­son.

“This is a very frus­trat­ing time in the lives of fish­er­men,” said Randy Piercey.

He said Meade told him outof-province fish­er­men are able to re­tain any by-catch of hal­ibut they land, while fish­er­men from the province are forced to throw it back.

“He was very frus­trated that day, (his ac­tions were) borne out of frus­tra­tion,” said Piercey. “(There) was no in­tent to hurt any­body.”

A joint sub­mis­sion from at­tor­neys on both sides asked that Meade re­ceive a con­di­tional dis­charge.

Judge Porter agreed, and said apart from some pre­vi­ous vi­o­la­tions un­der the Fish­eries Act in the 1990s and in 2001, “given the gap I think in fair­ness Mr. Meade is en­ti­tled to be treated as a first of­fender.

“He lost his tem­per and said some things he shouldn’t have said, and I agree with coun­cil that th­ese are the kinds of thing that can im­i­tate peo­ple,” said Judge Porter.

Meade will serve a pro­ba­tion­ary pe­riod of 12 months in which he is to have no con­tact di­rectly or in­di­rectly with Street or Hed­der­son. A vic­tim sur­charge of $200 was also or­dered.

“I see this as an iso­lated in­ci­dent; thus, I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary to ei­ther pro­hibit him from the pos­ses­sion of firearms or to re­quire him to pro­vide sam­ples of body sub­stances to be en­tered into the DNA data­bank,” ex­plained Judge Porter.

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Wayne Meade, right, speaks with friends and sup­port­ers out­side the court­room in pro­vin­cial court in Grand Bank. One such sup­porter was FISH-NL pres­i­dent Ryan Cleary.

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