Break-in charge dropped against man sus­pected in Mount Pearl stand­off

But Justin Wise­man still fac­ing many other charges

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY ROSIE MUL­LA­LEY rosie.mul­la­ley@thetele­gram.come Twit­ter: Te­ly­court

The man fac­ing mul­ti­ple crim­i­nal charges — in­clud­ing many in con­nec­tion with a stand­off with po­lice at a home in Mount Pearl in March — has one less to deal with.

One count of break and en­ter­ing was dis­missed by the Crown Thurs­day against Justin Wise­man, who had been ac­cused of forc­ing his way into an Ul­tra­mar sta­tion on Bay Bulls Road on March 2.

“There’s no rea­son­able prospect of con­vic­tion,” Crown pros­e­cu­tor Robin Sin­gle­ton told Judge Jim Walsh, adding that iden­tity was the is­sue in the case.

Wise­man, who was rep­re­sented by Karen Reiner, wasn’t in the court­room. He re­mains in cus­tody for sev­eral other out­stand­ing charges.

The 26-year-old has been be­hind bars since March 13, the day of the stand­off at the home on Jersey Av­enue in Mount

Pearl, when he was ar­rested for vi­o­lat­ing his pa­role. He had been out of jail for about two weeks at that point.

The six-hour stand­off ended when po­lice stormed the house af­ter re­al­iz­ing it was on fire. Wise­man was taken to hospi­tal

and treated for mi­nor in­juries be­fore go­ing to Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary (HMP) to serve the re­main­der of his sen­tence af­ter the pa­role vi­o­la­tion.

A few weeks later, po­lice charged him with ar­son and pos­sess­ing a weapon (a knife) in con­nec­tion with the stand­off, as well as charges re­lated to a break-in at the Kelsey Drive Liquor Store in St. John’s and a rob­bery at a Mount Pearl Marie’s Mini Mart ear­lier the same day. Wise­man is ac­cused of rob­bing the con­ve­nience store while wear­ing a mask and car­ry­ing a knife and a ham­mer.

Po­lice also laid a charge of pos­sess­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle in the days lead­ing up to the stand­off. Month later, he was charged with as­sault­ing an­other in­mate at HMP on June 6.

The break-in charge re­lat­ing to the liquor store was later dropped.

Wise­man is set to go to trial on the rob­bery and ar­son charge in Jan­uary 2019.

TELEGRAM FILE PHOTO

Justin Wise­man, 26, closes his eyes as he passes mem­bers of the me­dia on his way into pro­vin­cial court in a file photo.

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