Correctional officer charged with beating inmate opting to wait for outcome of other officer’s trial

One of two correction officers accused with assaulting an inmate at the St. John’s Lockup in March is not making any decisions about his case just yet.
The case of Wayne Patrick Carrigan was called in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday.
The 51-year-old, who is charged with assault causing bodily harm, was not in court. Instead, he was represented by lawyer Kim Horwood, who was filling in for Mark Rogers.
When the case was last called in court on Sept. 29, Rogers had told Judge Robert Hyslop that Carrigan was considering concluding his matter by way of speedy disposition, meaning he may plead guilty.
On Tuesday, however, Crown prosecutor Nick Westera told the judge that in recent discussions with Rogers, the defence lawyer told him that Carrigan wanted to wait and see what happens in the case involving the other correctional officer charged in the alleged incident.
The trial for Michael Gerard Hanlon, 45 — who is also charged with assault causing bodily harm — is scheduled to resume in December.
Hyslop agreed to put Carrigan’s matter over until Jan. 9 for a status update.
Carrigan and Hanlon are accused of assaulting Christopher Mahon at the St. John’s Lockup on March 23.
Mahon alleges the correctional officers brutally attacked him, punching him repeatedly following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his brother the night before.
Mahon, meanwhile was in another courtroom Tuesday, to face charges of assault on a police officer. He is also charged with assaulting Carrigan and Hanlon. He’s scheduled to be in court to answer to those charges Nov. 12.


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