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Steven Neville pleads guilty to assault, breaching court orders

Steven Neville in court in St. John’s in September 2018.
Steven Neville in court in St. John’s in September 2018. - SaltWire File Photo

Arrested three times since July, Neville is in custody awaiting sentencing

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Having been acquitted of second-degree murder almost a year ago and six more charges last May, Steven Neville is scheduled to be sentenced next month for new offences.

Neville, 29, made an appearance in provincial court in St. John's Wednesday morning via video from prison, where he has agreed to stay without a bail hearing until his matter is heard. 

He pleaded guilty to an assault charge and nine charges of breaching court orders, and is set to have a sentencing hearing Nov. 7.

The assault is alleged to have happened July 9. Neville was arrested and released the next day, but was arrested again a month later and charged with breaching his release conditions. He was released on bail but arrested again Oct. 4 on more alleged court order breaches, and has been in custody ever since.

Neville first made headlines in 2010 when he was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder for the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Doug Flynn and the stabbing of Ryan Dwyer. 

He was convicted in 2013, but that conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada, which took issue with aspects of the original judge's instructions to the jury. A new trial was ordered, and Neville was released on bail to await it, having spent more than five years in prison.

Last December, after an 11-week trial and almost nine days of jury deliberations, Neville was found not guilty.

While awaiting his trial, Neville had been charged with assaulting a woman, distributing intimate images of her without her consent and breaching court orders. 

Lawyer Bob Buckingham, who represented Neville at that time, told reporters the allegations were "a bunch of nonsense charges" that "under normal circumstances would not be prosecuted." 

Neville was acquitted of those charges after the Crown indicated an unlikely possibility of conviction.


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