‘I am scared to go anywhere’
Witness to fatal shooting claims his life is now in danger
The main witness to a fatal shooting last month in Reserve Mines now says he fears for his life and accuses Cape Breton Regional Police of failing to offer the protection they promised.
Norman MacIntyre, 42, was present June 25 at a Reserve Mines residence when Brandon Kelly, 24, was fatally shot. MacIntyre was also the alleged victim of an attempted murder charge in the same incident.
MacIntyre said since the shooting, there have been two incidents of people showing up at his home with weapons, wanting to get at him. He said he reported the first incident to police and gave a statement. At the time, he said, officers said they would offer extra patrols in and around his Sydney home.
However, MacIntyre said he never reported the second incident because police did so little on the first.
In both instances, MacIntyre said he was able to clear the people away from his home with the aid of a baseball bat and a knife.
“But what happens if I end up hurting or killing someone? Police will certainly be there to charge me.
“I am scared to go anywhere and people are scared to come to my home, fearing they could be involved,” he said, adding he has become extremely nervous and anxious, fearing some peril will be coming his way.
“Police told me they would protect me and my family but they are doing nothing. One officer told me I was jumping to conclusions,” he said.
Brandon James Berthiaume, 24, of Ben Eoin, is now charged with first-degree murder in Kelly’s death. Berthiaume’s mother, Jennifer Lynn Chisholm, 45, is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.
Brandon Berthiaume is also charged with attempted murder in relation to MacIntyre. Berthiaume is scheduled back in court July 27 and continues to be on remand.
Speaking during an interview Tuesday, MacIntyre offered his condolences to the Kelly family.
“He didn’t suffer and he didn’t die alone. He died in my arms,” said MacIntyre, who said he later identified the shooter in a police line-up.
“He was one of the best friends I ever had and he was excited about graduating with his welding and was so proud of his baby son,” said MacIntyre, in recalling some of the last conversations he had with Kelly.
“I just wish I could have done more,” he said.
Desiree Vassallo, police spokesperson, said it is routine for police to conduct risk assessments for those involved in a major crime, such as a murder, in order to determine whether there are safety concerns.
However, she said, she was unable to comment on MacIntyre’s claim because it is part of an open investigation that is now before the courts.
“I am unable to speak to any specifics of the case,” she said.
In addition to the two visits to his home, MacInytre said he is also receiving threats over the phone.
“The police told me there were all kinds of things they could do to protect me prior to me giving a statement but now they are backing off,” he said.
“If police aren’t going to help me, then they will kill me and there is no sense trying to hide because they will find me,” said MacIntyre, in reference to unknown others who he claims want him dead rather than to testify.
As for the motive in the Kelly shooting, MacIntyre said it involves the drug trade and owed money. Members of Kelly’s family have denied such a claim, noting the motive will come out in court.
Norman MacIntyre of Sydney is accusing Cape Breton Regional Police of failing to follow through with the protection they promised him after he became a key witness to a fatal shooting last month in Reserve Mines. MacIntyre said there have been two incidents at his home in which people arrived at his door, threatening to kill him.