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Sentencing hearing for man found guilty to giving wife noxious substance set for December

Mark Rumboldt — who was found not guilty Saturday of attempted murder, but guilty of administering a noxious substance to his wife — is led in to Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's Tuesday to set a date for his sentencing hearing.
Mark Rumboldt — who was found not guilty Saturday of attempted murder, but guilty of administering a noxious substance to his wife — is led in to Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court in St. John's Tuesday to set a date for his sentencing hearing. - Rosie Mullaley

The sentencing hearing for a man who was found to have given his wife an unauthorized medication while she was in hospital has been scheduled for December.

Mark Rumboldt was back in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John's Tuesday, along with his lawyer Jeff Brace.

Brace requested that a pre-sentence report be prepared for Rumboldt's sentencing hearing. Since the report usually takes between six to eight weeks to complete, Brace and Crown prosecutor Scott Hurley agreed to schedule the hearing for Dec. 19.

On Saturday, after two weeks of testimony and less than a day of deliberations, a jury found the 58-year-old Rumboldt guilty of administering a noxious substance, but not guilty of attempted murder.

The maximum sentence is 14 years, but Hurley had indicated he wouldn't seek the maximum.

The charges stem from an incident that happened Jan. 22, 2016, at the couple's home, with both ending up in hospital.

The complainant had testified at the trial that she and Rumboldt had been having trouble in their 25-year marriage and had been seeing a counsellor for about three months. That night, the couple had decided to have a quiet night at home with homemade pizza and some drinks, she said. The woman told the court Rumboldt had poured her two glasses of wine and ran her a bath. While she was in the tub, she said, he came into the bathroom and collapsed on the floor.

She called 911 and after police officers and paramedics arrived, they found both she and Rumboldt were extremely intoxicated.

Rumboldt had been discharged from hospital before his wife and sat by her bedside. At one point, the nurse checked on the woman and saw Rumboldt holding a facecloth to his wife's mouth. When the cloth was moved, the nurse noted a white residue and what appeared to be pieces of pills in the woman's mouth. It was later found to be Ativan, a sleeping pill with codeine. A pill bottle belonging to Rumboldt was found on her bed, and a bag containing more medications prescribed to him was found underneath her blanket.

The woman was also found to have high levels of Ativan and the sleep pill in her blood, but no trace of codeine.

rosie.mullaley@thetelegram.com

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