Court od­dity

Man gets bel­liger­ent and walks out of sched­uled court ap­pear­ance

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY GARY KEAN gkean@thewest­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

Colin Wheeler gets bel­liger­ent and walks out of sched­uled court ap­pear­ance

Colin Percy Wheeler stormed out of his court ap­pear­ance in frus­tra­tion af­ter rep­re­sent­ing him­self via video from jail Tues­day.

The 35-year-old man from Benoit’s Cove with a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal his­tory had ini­tially showed up shirt­less in the video link from Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary in St. John’s and provin­cial court in Corner Brook.

When told he would re­quire a shirt to ap­pear be­fore a judge, Wheeler be­came bel­liger­ent and di­rected an in­sult at the Crown, say­ing there was no case against him.

The video feed was tem­po­rar­ily dis­con­tin­ued as the court was called into ses­sion and other mat­ters dealt with. When Wheeler was brought back be­fore Judge Kymil Howe, he was more ap­pro­pri­ately at­tired.

Wheeler, who has prior con­vic­tions for armed rob­bery and ag­gra­vated as­sault, has been charged with as­sault, as­sault with a weapon, ut­ter­ing threats to po­lice to cause bod­ily harm and two counts of mis­chief. The charges stem from in­ci­dents al­leged to have taken place in Benoit’s Cove Oct. 21.

Wheeler told Howe he would be rep­re­sent­ing him­self and that he was go­ing to elect trial by judge alone in the Supreme Court of New­found­land and Labrador. He also in­di­cated he wished to ex­er­cise his right to a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry, a hear­ing that weighs ev­i­dence and de­ter­mines if some­one should be com­mit­ted to stand trial.

Wheeler be­came frus­trated when Howe be­gan press­ing him on the process he needed to fol­low to pre­pare for a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry, in­clud­ing a list of wit­nesses and is­sues to be ar­gued.

Wheeler said he didn’t plan to call any wit­nesses and said none of the Crown’s wit­nesses would show up any­way and that the case against him would crum­ble.

Howe re­it­er­ated there is a le­gal process to be fol­lowed be­fore the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry could be held.

“F*** the f***ing pre­lim,” Wheeler said, mo­ments be­fore get­ting up and mak­ing his way back to his prison cell.

Howe then in­di­cated the next court date for this mat­ter will be Nov. 21.

“Not for me, it won’t,” Wheeler said in re­sponse to the next sched­uled court ap­pear­ance as he left.


Colin Percy Wheeler is seen dur­ing a provin­cial court ap­pear­ance in Corner Brook in this file photo.

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