A man who, without permission, went to the home of a Martin’s Village woman – and then assaulted her daughter with a firearm –
has been convicted and fined for the offence.
Elijah Mishkah John appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh in the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court on one count of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and assault.
John pleaded guilty to all the charges and was fined $20,000 for possession of a firearm and $10,000 for possession of ammunition.
On the charge of assault, he was ordered to pay compensation to the victim in the amount of $10,000.
The fines are to be paid by May 5, 2023, or in default he will serve 18 months in prison on each count.
Reports are that on October 5, at about 9:30 a.m., he went to the home of the Martin’s Village resident and assaulted her daughter with a gun.
He reportedly had entered without the consent of the homeowner, which resulted in a conflict between him and the younger woman.
During the confrontation, John reportedly assaulted the victim with a black handgun, and a report was made to the Police about the incident.
Following investigations, he was arrested and charged.
Meanwhile, John, of Paige Road, Ottos, was also charged by the Police for receiving.
It is alleged that the gun he used in the assault – a Smith & Wesson 9 mm firearm – is the property of Leonard Mussington of Gambles.
John pleaded guilty to this offence, as well; however, he was reprimanded and discharged by Chief Magistrate Walsh.
Meanwhile, in other convictions, from the High Court, Justice Colin Williams sentenced two men to 16 months in prison for similar offences.
Tevin Willock of Green Bay, who pleaded guilty to a charge of larceny, received a 16-month sentence, which amounted to the time he had served on remand. Accordingly, having served his sentence while awaiting trial, he was sent home.
In the other case, Koeci Francis of Swetes Village pleaded guilty to larceny. However, he will spend his time in prison since he had not been remanded.