© Cory Hurley
Pius Gould is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
CORNER BROOK — A man who was verbally and physically combative toward police during five separate arrests during a four-month period this year was released on time served Monday.
During each of the offences, Pius Gould, 53, of Corner Brook was either heavily intoxicated or drinking beer. He resisted arrest to the point it took four or five officers to forcefully secure him at least twice.
In provincial court in Corner Brook Monday, Crown attorney Ed Ring suggested a period of 60 days total in jail, to be followed by two years of probation, was a sufficient sentence. Legal-aid lawyer Sandi MacKinnon agreed, and said the 51 days already served by Gould, was enough to get him released Monday.
Provincial court Judge Catherine Allen-Westby accepted the recommendation. They recommended Gould partake in counselling, treatment and/or programs available to him with respect to alcohol abuse and anger management. A condition of his probation is to not have or drink alcohol or illegal drugs.
Gould, who MacKinnon said his family believes suffers from some kind of mental health problem that needs to be dealt with, had not been in court since 2003. However, his criminal record before that contains a number of thefts, mischief and breaches of court orders during the 1980s.
The decade of apparently upholding the law ended March 16 when RNC officers were patrolling Broadway and saw him staggering up the road while holding up another intoxicated man. When he was told he was being arrested for public intoxication, Gould struggled with the officers. He wrapped his arms around a parking metre and would not let go. It took five officers to remove him and put him in a vehicle.
The struggle continued, and he kicked one of the officers in the chest with both feet.
On May 10, Gould was being arrested for stealing a can of beer at the Ultramar on O’Connell Drive. When confronted by police, there was a struggle across the parking lot. Pepper spray was used and he was forced to the ground. He was also forced into the police vehicle face first.
Then June 18, police responded to a report of an intoxicated person at Margaret Bowater Park. Gould was found sitting on a bench with his head in his hand, unresponsive until shaken by an officer.
There was another confrontation between Gould and police. He grasped the bench and had to be forcefully carried away. He again kicked at officers, and had to be forced into the vehicle.
On June 21, a family member called the police to report Gould being outside their home drunk. This time, four officers were needed to arrest him. He was again verbally and physically combative to officers. This time, he was taken to hospital because of injuries he suffered during the struggle, but he refused treatment.
The last time he was arrested was July 7. An officer patrolling Main Street saw him outside Corner Brook Hotel at about 3:30 a.m. The officer knew Gould was on a court-ordered curfew. A search of Gould found he had three cans of beer on him. He was arrested for beaching a no-alcohol condition of his release.