Woman sen­tenced for role in home­less man beat­ing

Jen­nifer Lynn MacLeod pleaded guilty to be­ing ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A judge has sen­tenced a Boularderie woman to one year in jail and two years of pro­ba­tion for her role in the bru­tal beat­ing of a home­less man in North Syd­ney last year.

Jen­nifer Lynn MacLeod, 23, of Cal­abash Road had ear­lier pleaded guilty to be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to an ag­gra­vated as­sault, and with breach­ing her pro­ba­tion by fail­ing to keep the peace and be of good be­hav­iour.

She was one of six ac­cused charged in the July 14, 2014, at­tack on Shawn Kur­tis Jack, 48.

Four peo­ple were in­volved in the at­tack, while two oth­ers pro­vided as­sis­tance af­ter the beat­ing.

“As far as Ms. MacLeod is con­cerned, her in­volve­ment is af­ter the fact,” Judge Jean Whalen said dur­ing sen­tenc­ing Tues­day.

“As dis­re­spect­ful and morally rep­re­hen­sive as her ac­tion may be, her crime is one that amounts to an in­ter­fer­ence of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice.”

MacLeod has served al­most one year on re­mand and Tues­day’s de­ci­sion means she will serve another 15 days in jail.

Strict con­di­tions were ap­plied to her pro­ba­tion, in­clud­ing no al­co­hol, no drugs and no weapons. She must also com­plete com­mu­nity ser­vice work, write a let­ter of apol­ogy to Jack, make a rea­son­able ef­fort to seek em­ploy­ment and coun­selling, and not have con­tact with the five oth­ers charged.

Ear­lier this month, the court heard that MacLeod was with three other peo­ple on July 14, 2014, when they left an apart­ment to go to where Jack lived, on the belief that he had been spread­ing some ru­mours.

The two men ar­rived at the lo­ca­tion be­fore MacLeod. When she ap­proached, she could hear but didn’t wit­ness the vi­o­lent beat­ing and left the area. Af­ter­wards, she was at the apart­ment with the same group when she was given one of the weapons used in the at­tack and washed hair and blood off of it.

Jack was struck with such force that his skull was crushed and parts be­came em­bed­ded in his brain. He con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity where he must learn to talk, walk and feed him­self again.

A 25-year-old North Syd­ney man, was sen­tenced re­cently to 11 years for his role in the crime, while his 16-year-old girl­friend was sen­tenced to nine months, fol­lowed by a 15month pro­ba­tion pe­riod. Another North Syd­ney man served 134 days af­ter plead­ing guilty to ob­struc­tion.

Cory Pa­trick Richard Blinkhorn, 22, was re­cently com­mit­ted to stand trial on charges in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault, wear­ing a dis­guise (a ban­dana) in com­mit­ting an of­fence, and falsely rep­re­sent­ing him­self as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Two other ac­cused have pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings sched­uled.

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