Massey Drive man facing 29 charges expected to plead out today

Cory Hurley
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A Massey Drive man set to go to trial Thursday in relation to multiple occasions of allegedly threatening and assaulting police and correctional officers is expected to plead out to charges today.

Pius Freeman Gould, 51, had previously pleaded not guilty to 21 of 29 charges he is currently facing in provincial court in Corner Brook. Legal-aid lawyer Amanda Barfitt told Judge Wayne Gorman that she was continuing discussions with Crown attorney Alana Dwyer Thursday, and asked the matter be set over for resolution this morning.

The eight remaining charges were already scheduled for speedy disposition.

Gould has been in custody since his arrest Oct. 22. He was denied bail at the time.

The accused has gone through multiple legal-aid lawyers before currently being represented by Barfitt out of the St. John’s office. He also uttered an obscenity toward a judge while being led out of court in December.

His most recent charges stem from an altercation with correctional officers at the Corner Brook Detention Centre in November. While being relocated from one cell to another for disciplinary reasons, it is alleged he bit two officers and attempted to injure the ankle of another.

Gould was arrested at least three times in the first week of September, the last time while attending Western Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment. It was reported that he broke a chair and threatened police officers.

He had been arrested the previous weekend for allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting police officers outside a Corner Brook nightclub. At that time, Gould had just been released after serving a 60-day jail sentence in relation to verbally and physically assaulting police officers on five separate occasions during a four-month period.

Organizations: Corner Brook Detention Centre, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Corner Brook, December.His

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