Patrick Laurent makes 1st court appearance after alleged assault on Mary John

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The man charged with the alleged assault and battery of community activist Mary John, made his first appearance in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Patrick Laurent, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Wendel Robinson, appeared before Magistrate Conliffe Clarke.

Laurent pleaded not guilty to both charges of assault and battery.

Laurent is believed to have mooned and hit the well-known activist at a gas station in St. John’s on March 18.

Video of the incident, shows that while Laurent rushed towards John with a clenched fist, grabbed her left hand and pulled her down from where she was standing on her vehicle, the blow the suffered to her head was actually from her cellphone.

In court on Wednesday the prosecution asked for time to complete their client’s file, while the defense requested full disclosure.

Magistrate Clarke granted seven days.

The case was adjourned until April 19.

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