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Wrong medication made him delusional, suspect tells court


The judge was glad Germaine Bernard Roberts is taking responsibility for his crimes.

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Germaine Bernard Roberts is handcuffed by a sheriff’s officer and led out of provincial court in St. John’s Monday after he was given a federal prison sentence.

But he wants him to keep taking something else, too.

“You’ve taken responsibility and that’s important,” Judge Jim Walsh said in Roberts’ sentencing hearing Monday at provincial court in St. John’s.

“But you also have to take your medication.”

Roberts — who pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including assaults on fellow inmates — indicated during the hearing that he had violent urges when was given an intravenous drug for his mental illness while at the Waterford Hospital and at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP).

Now that his medication has been adjusted, he said, he feels more like himself.

In sentencing Roberts to a federal prison term of two years plus a day, Walsh said continuing with his medication is key for his rehabilitation.

“You have no history of violence, so something went wrong ,” the judge said. “You don’t want to hurt anybody else is what I’m hearing. The key for you will be to partake in programming and take your medication (while in federal prison).”

Roberts, 32, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and two counts of assault — all involving fellow HMP inmates — as well as several breaches of court orders..

The most serious assaults happened Jan. 16, 2015.

In the first one, Roberts kicked an inmate in the face while he was sitting on the floor in the main area of the range. The man’s head snapped back, causing him to hit his head off the wall. He was knocked unconscious.

He was taken to hospital, where he needed six staples to close the gash in the back of his head.

“Other inmates had to check to see if he was still alive,” said Walsh, recalling the video of the incident shown in court.

In the second assault, Roberts swung a kettle full of hot water and hit another inmate in the head. He had minor injuries.

The other assaults, which were less serious, happened on Aug. 19, 2015, and Oct. 7, 2015.

Roberts also pleaded guilty to a break and enter at the Rob Roy bar on George Street that happened Sept. 1, 2013.

He pried the bar’s back door open with a screwdriver. Once inside, he took more than $10,000 in cash from the cash register, as well as ATMs. He also caused about $4,000 worth of damage.

When Roberts got to speak at the hearing, he apologized for what he did and explained about the negative effects of the intravenous medication.

He said he begged doctors to take him off of it and begged corrections officers to take him off the range, “I told them I was going to hurt somebody,” but they refused, he said.

“I’m usually not a dangerous person,” said Roberts, who is from Corner Brook, but has roots in Labrador (his mother is aboriginal).

“I used to hoard my (prescription) pills and sell them, but it got me nowhere.”

He said the injection medication made him delusional and violent.

“I was hearing voices in the TV, in the radio, in the ceiling,” he said. “I was hostile when I was on that, but I’m not anymore.”

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