Sentencing hearing in September for man accused of crimes against women

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A provincial court judge will hear arguments from both sides next month on the punishment a man deserves for assaulting one woman and sexually assaulting another.

Mike Jennings speaks with his lawyer Rosellen Sullivan Friday prior to the start of proceedings in his case at provincial court in St. John’s. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

The case of Mike Jennings, 33, returned to court Wednesday. The Conception Bay South man has pleaded guilty to several charges, including assault, uttering threats and sexual assault.

Jennings, who is in custody at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, did not appear in court Wednesday. Defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan and Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten arranged a Sept. 17 sentencing hearing. St. John’s psychiatrist Dr. Nizar Ladha will reportedly participate in that hearing, with Judge Lori Marshall presiding.

Jennings’ charges stem from three incidents. He touched a girl’s private parts over her clothing on Jan. 9, 2012. A few months later, on Aug. 26, 2012, Jennings entered a home in Paradise and forced a woman into a bedroom and assaulted her. Children were in the house at the time of that incident.

In March 2014, Jennings allegedly breached court orders by contacting and harassing another woman. He has pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal harassment.

This story has been edited to address aspects that were initially reported incorrectly.

Geographic location: Conception Bay, Paradise

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