‘I was think­ing im­prop­erly,’ de­fen­dant tells judge

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Back in court for the third time this week, Colin Wheeler changed his mind about rep­re­sent­ing him­self, and asked for time to ap­ply for a lawyer.

“I was think­ing im­prop­erly. I was pissed off,” Wheeler told the court when he ap­peared via video from Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary on two charges of as­sault­ing fel­low in­mates last month.

Wheeler en­tered not guilty pleas on the charges.

The mat­ter was post­poned un­til Aug. 23 to al­low him time to make ar­range­ments to get a lawyer.

Wheeler will be back in court Fri­day — this time in Cor­ner Brook — when he will be sen­tenced on charges of as­sault with a weapon, mis­chief and breach­ing two court or­ders in con­nec­tion with a vi­o­lent in­ci­dent in­volv­ing two women in Benoit’s Cove, on the west coast of the is­land, last Oc­to­ber. He’s been in cus­tody since then, and has been charged with nine un­re­lated charges be­tween then and now.

Those charges in­clude as­sault­ing in­mates, dam­ag­ing Her Majesty’s Pen­i­ten­tiary prop­erty to the tune of more than $10,000 and mak­ing false fire alarms.

He’ll go to trial on the ma­jor­ity of the charges in Novem­ber, while the most re­cent three as­sault charges will be dealt with at a pre-trial con­fer­ence next month.


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