Triton mayor fends off assault charge

Jason Roberts took the stand in his own defence in Grand Falls-Windsor provincial court Wednesday.

Jason Robersts accused of assaulting estranged wife

Jason Roberts is accused of assault and unlawfully being in a dwelling house. (CBC)

The mayor of Triton took the stand in his own defence in Grand Falls-Windsor provincial court on Wednesday.

Jason Roberts is charged with assault and unlawfully being in a house in relation to an incident that happened a year ago.

On Aug. 15, 2012, Roberts was supposed to meet with his wife — whom he is separated from — and hand over a cheque for child and spousal support.

Beyond those facts, the court heard two very different versions of what happened that day.

Two RCMP constables testified they responded to a complaint of trouble at Bridget Roberts' house early in the afternoon. Both officers said when they arrived she was upset, but unscathed.

They also noted there was no damage to the house.

After interviewing Bridget Roberts, the police arrested and charged Jason Roberts.

On the stand this week, Bridget Roberts testified she went to her estranged husband's office to get the cheque, but left quickly when he got angry.

She also testified he followed her home and forced his way inside, where the two had a screaming match before he pushed her and left.

Two versions of the story

Jason Roberts told the court he never got upset, raised his voice, or pushed her.

Testimony from two of Roberts' employees did not clarify if there had been an argument at the office.

With no one but Bridget and Jason Roberts present for the confrontation at the house, it's now up to the judge to decide which version of the events to believe.

Roberts is due back in court Sept. 30 for the judge's verdict.

He hasn't said if he'll seek re-election as mayor of Triton.