Temper tantrum does little to sway judge

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NEW?GLASGOW - Swearing at the judge won't get you out on bail, a West River man learned Tuesday.
Richard Nathan "RJ" Rafuse, 26, jumped out of his chair and began shouting at Judge Theodore Tax in Pictou provincial court Tuesday morning after Tax indicated he would not be released on bail.
"Why couldn't you f---ing tell me that yesterday so I didn't f---ing have to come up. F---ing Crown…thanks, dad," Rafuse shouted at the conclusion of a bail hearing in Pictou provincial court Tuesday morning.
The hearing had begun Monday afternoon in New Glasgow, but was put over until Tuesday to give the defence additional opportunity to find someone willing to post bail for RJ Rafuse.
That person was his stepfather, Richard Rafuse, who offered to act as an assurity for him and have RJ reside in his Pictou-area home. But Richard Rafuse didn't have the $2,000 and RJ's whispers to "put my truck up" did not sway the judge.
RJ Rafuse is facing a number of new charges, including two incidents of stealing from the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission, four breach of undertakings, stealing from the Superstore and committing mischief by cutting the electrical power to a house.
That's in addition to a laundry list of charges he's already set to go on trial from on March 9.
Crown attorney Jody McNeill said he was reluctant to release him under the strict, almost house arrest type of conditions proposed by the defence, and instead lobbied that RJ be remanded until his next court date, in under a month.
"Now he's back with several new charges - it leaves the Crown with very little assurance that, with an assurity or not, Mr. (RJ) Rafuse will not come back with further charges," said McNeill, adding that RJ Rafuse has 35 prior convictions, 15 of which are breaches of court orders.
"The person before the court has a substantial risk of reoffending, given the number of offences pending before the court - and the matters before the court are numerous."
Tax refused to release Rafuse.
"I appreciate that you would be a good assurity, but I question whether Mr. Rafuse could comply with the conditions," Tax said.
The decision was met by anger from RJ Rafuse, who had to be escorted from the room by sheriff's deputies following his outburst of profanities.
Once brought into the cell area, yelling and loud banging could be heard for nearly an hour.
Tax instructed defence lawyer Steve Robertson to convey to his client that Tax had listened intently to all matters in the case before making his decision.
"Spontaneous utterances aside, we'll hear from him on March 9," Tax added.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Liquor Commission

Geographic location: Pictou, West River, New Glasgow

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