Woman’s alleged killer applies for bail
HALIFAX (CP) — Family and friends of a young Nova Scotia woman whose body was found in a closet just over two years ago are outraged that one of her alleged killers has applied for bail.
After spending more than 25 months on remand, Ashley Haley wants to be released under the province’s adult bail supervision program.
Haley, 22, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Wednesday just long enough for her lawyer to have her bail hearing put off until March 12.
About a dozen relatives and friends of murder victim Jennifer Horne attended the proceeding and expressed their feelings about Haley’s bail application.
Steve Andrews, Horne’s step-uncle, said they find it “incomprehensible that the court would even consider a bail application in this case.”
Reading to reporters from a prepared statement, Andrews said they were “shocked and outraged” by the adjournment.
“We feel that this is yet another delay tactic by the defendant in this never-ending series of court appearances,” he said. “When the horrendous facts of this case are known, it will be obvious to all that today’s decision by the court has been a travesty.”
Haley and her common-law partner, 39year-old Desmond Maguire, are each charged with first-degree murder in Horne’s death.
The 20-year-old woman’s body was found Dec. 31, 2007, rolled up in a piece of carpet and stuffed in a closet in an apartment.
Horne was reported missing the day before after she failed to show up for work.
The couple were charged on Jan. 1, 2008, and have remained in custody. Their Supreme Court trial is scheduled for four weeks beginning June 7.
Defence lawyer Peter Planetta told the court that he thinks his client will be eligible for the bail supervision program, which includes electronic monitoring and intensive supervision.
The Crown will argue against Haley’s release at the March 12 hearing. George J. MacDonald, 94, passed away, peacefully, at the Cove Guest Home, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.
The last surviving member of his immediate family, he was predeceased by his parents, Rod and Catherine ‘Kate’ MacDonald, his brothers, Alec, Neil, Bernie and Pius, sisters, Philomena and Margaret (Butts). He was also predeceased by his wife, Winnie (MacMillan) and daughter, Sheila (Shepard).
He is survived by his son, Dr. Wayne MacDonald (Susan), Halifax, and daughter, Darlene MacDonald ( Jim Richardson), Winnipeg. He has eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his second wife, Jean MacDonald and her family. He was employed for 45 years at the Sydney steel plant working, primarily, in the open hearth department, often with his brothers Neil and Pius. He was a proud Cape Bretoner and a wonderful father; teaching us to have great respect for the other person’s labour. With that in mind he would want us to thank the outstanding staff of the MacGillivary Guest Home (Golden Heights) and the Cove who cared for him over many years. Your kindness and professionalism is very much appreciated.
There will be visitation at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa’s Church at 10 a.m. Saturday with Fr. J. Oliver presiding.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to the Cove Guest Home.