Massey Drive man pleads guilty to 13 of 29 charges

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Pius Freeman Gould is seen in provincial court in this file photo.

A Massey Drive man will find out early next week whether his time in jail will be extended or completed.

Pius Freeman Gould, 51, has been in custody since his last arrest Oct. 22.

On multiple occasions, Gould admits to causing disturbances, resisting arrest and assaulting police and correctional officers. With an already lengthy criminal record, including just serving a 60-day jail sentence, a rash of breaches of probation and undertakings were racked up along with the new charges.

Gould had pleaded not guilty to 21 of 29 charges he faced, and was scheduled to go to trial Thursday. However, he changed his pleas to guilty on 13 of those offences Friday morning, and Crown attorney Alana Dwyer withdrew the other 16. Dwyer asked provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman to impose a nine-month jail sentence.

Legal aid lawyer Amanda Barfitt asked the judge to release Gould with time served being a sufficient sentence.

Gould pleaded guilty to breaching probation on Aug. 28 — just recently after being released from serving the jail sentence. he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and breaching probation on Aug. 31, while two counts of assaulting a police officer were withdrawn. He pleaded guilty to again breaching probation Aug. 31, while a second count was withdrawn.

He pleaded guilty to four of six charges stemming from a Sept. 3 incident in which he breached an undertaking three times by failing to attend court, consuming alcohol or entering a licenced drinking establishment, and staying out of Corner Brook.

He also breached his probation.

All five charges in relation to a Sept. 5 incident — in which he was charged with two counts of threatening police officers, damaging a chair at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, and breaches of recognizance and probation — were withdrawn.

Gould pleaded guilty to threatening to damage another man’s property in Massey Drive and breaching a recognizance on Oct. 19. Charges of mischief and breaching a recognizance were withdrawn. Also on Oct. 19, he admits to breaching a probation order, while a second charge was withdrawn.

Then, on Nov. 4, he acknowledges assaulting a correctional officer and breaching probation, while two other counts of assault against correctional officers and a breach of a peace bond were withdrawn.

Gould is expected to be sentenced Tuesday.

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Organizations: Western Memorial Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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