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Man pleads own case

Three witnesses testified last week that a man charged with threatening several police officers while brandishing a knife three months ago was acting very strange in the minutes before officers arrived.
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Three witnesses testified last week that a man charged with threatening several police officers while brandishing a knife three months ago was acting very strange in the minutes before officers arrived.

Joseph Limoges, 23, pleaded not guilty last Thursday to assaulting police officers while brandishing a knife and making numerous death threats against several officers on the scene.

Limoges decided to represent himself at trial Thursday and did not embarrass himself asking numerous questions of the three Crown witnesses called.

Although Justice Richard Humphrey often had to direct the accused to ask relevant questions about what happened that morning, he praised Limoges for being polite during a long day of questioning.

Wayne Martin testified he was visiting his mother in the Waterview Apartment complex around 10 am when he heard Limoges screaming obscenities and saw him with a small knife.

When police arrived on the scene in three marked cruisers and two unmarked vehicles, several officers surrounded Limoges and continually ordered him to drop the knife.

Limoges continued to brandish the knife and make death threats, said Martin, who estimates he was only a few feet away during the incident.

Two employees of the Waterview Apartments testified they saw Limoges acting strangely by swirling around in circles yelling obscenities and making threats.

Limoges was spinning around in circles repeatedly and the only words she heard him yell were ?I?ll kill them all, come and get me,? said witness Nicole Osins.

Limoges will take the stand in his own defence to give his version of what happened when the trial continues May 30.



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