Man jailed for vi­o­lent home in­va­sion

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY ROSIE MUL­LA­LEY rosie.mul­la­ley@thetele­ Twit­ter: Te­ly­rosie

A man who en­tered an­other man’s home in St. John’s, stabbed him in the back with a crow­bar and ran off with $2,100 has been sen­tenced to four years and two months be­hind bars.

Michael Sam­son was given the jail term Thurs­day in New­found­land and Labrador Supreme Court. With credit given for time he’s al­ready spent in cus­tody, he has three years and nine and a half months left on his term.

Sam­son was con­victed of rob­bery, break and en­ter, as­sault with a weapon and breach of court or­ders in con­nec­tion with an in­ci­dent at a home on Thor­burn Road on March 5, 2017.

Po­lice had been called to the home around 6 a.m. that day and found a man ly­ing on the floor with a punc­ture wound on his back. Be­liev­ing his miss­ing truck to have been stolen, po­lice lo­cated the vic­tim’s com­mon-law wife, Gina Rose­mary Pen­ney, driv­ing it in Mount Pearl with Sam­son in the back seat.

Po­lice found the vic­tim’s empty wal­let in a pouch on the back of the driver’s seat and two full take­out cof­fee cups in the front con­sole. On the floor in the back they found a jacket with pos­si­ble blood stains, but the court heard in­ves­ti­ga­tors had cho­sen not to ex­am­ine it foren­si­cally, choos­ing to fo­cus in­stead on the hoodie Sam­son was wear­ing. The vic­tim’s blood was later found on the sleeve of the hoodie.

Po­lice also learned the truck hadn’t been stolen: Pen­ney was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle with his con­sent. She had also been charged, but was ac­quit­ted.

The vic­tim tes­ti­fied he had been asleep on the couch in his liv­ing room when he opened his eyes to see Sam­son stand­ing over him with a crow­bar, say­ing he was there to col­lect $5,000 in drug money owed to him by some­one in the house. The vic­tim de­nied any money was owed, but took $60 from his pocket and laid it on the cof­fee ta­ble. He said Sam­son had de­manded his wal­let and the pair got into an al­ter­ca­tion, leav­ing the vic­tim with a lac­er­a­tion to the head, abra­sions to his eye and a three-cen­time­tre cut to his back which re­quired sta­ples. He said he had given Sam­son his wal­let af­ter Sam­son had stabbed him in the back with the crow­bar, and Sam­son left.

The vic­tim said he had around $2,200 in $100 bills in his wal­let,

hav­ing been paid in cash for a ve­hi­cle re­pair job he had com­pleted ear­lier in the day.

In sen­tenc­ing Thurs­day, Jus­tice Don­ald Bur­rage said while Sam­son has a crim­i­nal record, it’s mostly dated. He said Sam­son re­lapsed to past be­hav­iour in 2016 due to a se­ries of un­for­tu­nate events in his life. It’s not an ex­cuse, Bur­rage said, but

an ex­pla­na­tion.

“As is trag­i­cally of­ten the case, his re­cent re­lapse into crim­i­nal be­hav­iour was fueled by his ad­dic­tion to drugs, this time co­caine,” the judge said. “That said, he has proven his abil­ity to be­have as a pro­duc­tive law-abid­ing cit­i­zen in the past and his sen­tence must not be so crush­ing as to de­prive

him of this op­por­tu­nity in the fu­ture.

“He is still a young man and has shown the abil­ity in the past to con­trol his demons. There is rea­son to be­lieve that with proper coun­selling and sup­port, he can do so again.”


Michael Sam­son speaks to his lawyer Mary Boulas prior to the start of pro­ceed­ings in Sam­son’s case at New­found­land Supreme Court in St. John’s Thurs­day.

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