Woman’s al­leged killer ap­plies for bail

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

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.

Con­do­lences TWCurry.com.

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