ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland man set free last year after a Supreme Court ruling threw out murder confessions in the deaths of his twin daughters has been sentenced for threatening a prison guard two years ago.
Nelson Hart was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest today for an incident at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s on Jan. 30, 2013.
The 46-year-old man was convicted in February of threatening to stab a male guard after a dispute as Hart was held in segregation.
A guard testified Hart became irate when asked to open his mouth to prove he’d swallowed his medication.
At the time, Hart’s first-degree murder conviction in the 2002 drowning deaths of his three-year-old twin girls had been overturned but he was still behind bars pending an appeal.
Hart was set free last summer after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled confessions he made to undercover police were inadmissible.
The sentence is consecutive to a 60-day sentence of house arrest Hart received last month in a separate incident of threatening jail guards.