In what is seemingly turning into an even more bizarre case of uttering threats, one man showed up to court Tuesday to fight the charges and another didn’t show at all.
On May 26, the Coroner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary charged Jacob Rodger Neville, 64, with threatening to cause bodily harm to Brian Joseph Bennett, 40.
However, Neville is also the alleged victim of threats made by Bennett, who is also charged with threatening to cause bodily harm to a second individual.
The charges against Bennett were also laid May 26. Police say the incidents allegedly took place in the days before the charges were laid and involved three incidents where threats were made.
Bennett is representing himself in court and will be going to trial Sept. 25. He told Judge Wayne Gorman he did not want a lawyer and declined any assistance from legal-aid lawyer Sandi MacKinnon Tuesday.
Crown attorney Lori St. Croix provided Bennett with disclosure during the appearance.
Meanwhile, St. Croix set aside the Neville matter when it was originally called in the morning. The man was not present, so she wanted to see if he would show up later.
Called again, just prior to noon, Neville had still not shown up for what would have been his first appearance. A warrant was issued for his arrest.