Peace bond application on Heavyweights owner dismissed

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Not enough evidence to conclude Rob King threatened, assaulted former employee: judge

A local businessman may have exchanged words with a former employer, but there’s no reason to issue a peace bond against him.

Rob King was in provincial court in St. John’s Monday for peace bond application hearing, in which a former employee accused him of assault and uttering threats. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

That’s what a provincial court judge in St. John’s concluded Monday following a hearing held to argue a peace bond application against Robert King.

King — who owns Heavyweights Fitness and Nutritional Products in St. John’s — was accused of assaulting and threatening Geoff Brace last month.

No criminal charges were laid, but Brace insisted the incident left him fearful of King. He wanted the court to order that King have no contact with him.

Brace testified that on Nov. 16, during a provincial bodybuilding championship at Holy Heart Theatre, King approached him in the hallway.

He said King was upset with comments Brace reportedly made about him on Facebook.

“He said ‘we’re going to fight whether you want to fight or not,’” Brace said. “He said, ‘You’re lucky you’re not dead tonight.’”

Brace said King was poking him in the chest and was trying to intimidate him.

As Brace spoke, King, who sat in the spectators seats in court, shook his head and chuckled.

Brace said he thought King was upset because Brace is supposed to testify in King’s upcoming criminal case.

King is charged with illegally exporting the drug ephedrine.

Ephedrine, often used for weight loss, is a key ingredient in crystal meth and is included in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. King has been charged with unlawful exportation from Canada of a substance, unlawful possession for the purpose of export from Canada and unlawful attempt to export from Canada.

Between April 2012 and November 2012, the RCMP seized 44 packages of ephedrine from Canada Post, which were considered key evidence in the investigation.

That case is due back in court in the new year.

As an employee, Brace said he had he had access to the exports on the company’s computer system.

When King took the stand, he admitted he was upset with comments Brace had made on Facebook and said the two did have a verbal confrontation.

However, he denied having physical contact with Brace or threatening him.

He said he was not aware Brace was scheduled to testify in his other case until he spoke to his lawyer Averill Baker a few weeks ago.

Judge Mike Madden concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to issue the peace bond and dismissed the application.

 

 

Organizations: Nutritional Products, Holy Heart Theatre, RCMP Canada Post

Geographic location: Canada

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