CLARENVILLE, NL — The bail hearing for a man charged with making a threat, via email, against Riverside Elementary has been rescheduled for Monday, April 16.
An extension had been granted on the original bail hearing so that Gordon Wheaton, 45, could undergo a fitness assessment.
Crown prosecutor Danny Vavasour informed Judge Paul Noble yesterday, April 12, that the fitness assessment has been completed, and a final report is expected today.
According to Vavasour, Wheaton had contacted the court to request a bail hearing at the earliest possible time — and that he would no longer be represented by his solicitor of record, Marcus Evans, but would represent himself at the bail hearing.
Judge Noble reluctantly released Evans from the file, noting that Wheaton’s wishes seemed both very clear and direct.
Wheaton appeared by phone from the Waterford Hospital in St. John’s.
He noted that a bail hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, had been delayed without his knowledge or consent.
Judge Paul Noble noted that this would be a reverse onus bail hearing — as Wheaton had been released previously and arrested that same night — meaning that the burden of proof will lie with Wheaton to convince the judge he should be released.
Evans also appeared by phone to confirm that he would no longer represent Wheaton.