‘I am scared to go any­where’

Wit­ness to fa­tal shoot­ing claims his life is now in dan­ger

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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.

CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTO

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.

MacIn­tyre

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