Accused in Shearstown incident makes third court appearance

Melissa Jenkins
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It has been just over a week since Barry Austin Morningstar was arrested for numerous offenses involving a firearm in Shearstown, Conception Bay.

Barry Austin Morningstar was apprehended in St. John's a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The 21-year-old, who is still in custody, appeared in Harbour Grace Provincial Court at noon today (May 14) in leg cuffs and shackles around his hands and waist.

Morningstar has not yet entered a plea to the eight charges he faces, which include use of a firearm in committing robbery, two charges of pointing a firearm, two charges of possessing a weapon or imitation for a dangerous purpose, and using a firearm in commission of indictable offense.

Details on the incident have not been released, but it was reported the week of April 29, several days after it occured.

Although Morningstar appeared calm in court, The Compass has learned he had a violent outburst during his last court appearance on Friday, May 9.

There were several gashes that could be seen on top of Morningstar’s head. Morningstar said the wounds were self-inflicted, caused from hitting himself with his own handcuffs.

During today's appearance, he had shackles around his waist, which kept his hands near his sides. He could not reach his head with the restraints.

Morningstar said during a court recess he was frustrated at the time, and hurting himself was a better idea than hurting other people around him.

Morningstar has not obtained a lawyer to date, and will return to Harbour Grace court May 28 to enter a plea.

melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Organizations: Morningstar, The Compass

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