Conditional discharge awarded to Grand Bank fisherman
Wayne Meade appeared in provincial court Aug. 31
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.
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.