RCMP charge Eska­soni man with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der

Al­bert Michael Bernard to ap­pear in Syd­ney pro­vin­cial court to­day

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

A 36-year-old man has been charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion to a death early Satur­day morn­ing.

Al­bert Michael Bernard re­mains in cus­tody and will ap­pear in Syd­ney pro­vin­cial court to­day on charges re­lated to the death of a 36-year-old man af­ter RCMP say a se­ri­ous as­sault took place at the top of Spencer’s Lane in the First Na­tion commu- nity af­ter 1 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing.

The vic­tim, who has not yet been iden­ti­fied, was be­ing trans­ported by EHS when he died from his in­juries on the way to hos­pi­tal.

The sus­pect fled the scene on foot and was ar­rested in Eska­soni be­tween 8-9 a.m. with­out in­ci­dent.

RCMP say the two men were known to each other and that the in­ci­dent was not a ran­dom act.

They did not in­di­cate if a weapon was in­volved or not or if the vic­tim and the ac­cused had been to­gether prior to the as­sault.

Eska­soni RCMP were as­sisted by the North­east Nova Ma­jor Crimes unit in the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It’s the sec­ond mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion po­lice agen­cies in Cape Bre­ton have un­der­taken in less than two weeks.

On June 25, Bran­don Kelly, 24, was the vic­tim of a shoot­ing in Re­serve Mines. Bran­don James Berthi­aume, 24, has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der in Kelly’s death. Berthi­aume’s mother, Jen­nifer Lynn Chisholm, has been charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to mur­der. Berthi­aume has also been charged with at­tempted mur­der of a sec­ond per­son, who was not hurt.

The com­mu­nity of Eska­soni is also still reel­ing from the ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing on June 28 of Dou­glas Young.

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