For the second week in a row Colin Percy Wheeler wasn’t present when his matters were called in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday afternoon.
This time the reason given was that he had been taken to hospital from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s earlier in the day.
Wheeler, 35, is facing charges of assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats to police to cause bodily harm and two counts of mischief. The charges stem from incidents alleged to have taken place in Benoit’s Cove on Oct. 21, where he had been living.
The court was also told that Wheeler was charged with two new offences on Tuesday morning. They are breaches of a court order, which are alleged to have taken place between Nov. 16 and 17.
Wheeler has been in custody since his arrest and was denied bail on Oct. 25.
Wheeler wasn’t represented by a lawyer during Tuesday’s appearance. Without him present the Crown asked that his matters be called again today as he’ll have to make an appearance on the new charges.
Wheeler has a violent criminal history and was not co-operative during an appearance on Nov. 13. He first showed up shirtless in a video link from the penitentiary.
It was during that appearance that he told the court he would be representing himself and wanted to be tried in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador by judge alone, with a preliminary inquiry.
He later became frustrated when pressed by the presiding judge on the process he’d need to follow to prepare for a preliminary inquiry and indicated he wouldn’t be present for his next appearance on Nov. 21.