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  • St. John’s Firefighter Charged with Assaulting, Choking Woman

    A 43-year-old St. John’s firefighter is facing charges of assault, forcible confinement and attempted to choke, strangle or suffocate a woman.

    George Pottle Jr. had his charges read in court on April 11. The offences are alleged to have occurred between April 7-8 of this year in the capital city.

    Pottle is accused of assault causing bodily harm and assault on a woman. According to court documents, Pottle used a beer bottle and tools in the assault.

    He’s also facing three counts of attempting to choke, strangle or suffocate that same woman, one count of forcible confinement, and one count of uttering death threats.

    Pottle is being represented in court by defence lawyer Bob Buckingham. Buckingham appeared on behalf of his client this morning, and elected trial by judge and jury. First, the case will have to go to a preliminary inquiry, which has been set for November 26 in St. John’s Provincial Court.

    Pottle is a member of the St. John’s Regional Fire Department.

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