New Brunswick man fit to stand trial

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE / VICTORIA -

A New Brunswick man fac­ing mul­ti­ple weapons of­fences in Cape Bre­ton has been deemed fit to stand trial af­ter a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

An­drew Stephen Rees, 29, of Sal­is­bury, is fac­ing 13 crim­i­nal of­fences af­ter Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice found him in pos­ses­sion of weapons when he was ar­rested near the north di­vi­sion of­fice of the po­lice ser­vice.

Po­lice have con­cluded Rees did not have a spe­cific tar­get in com­ing to Cape Bre­ton and that he could have been on his way to New­found­land and Labrador via the ferry con­nec­tion in North Syd­ney.

He is now charged with trans­port­ing a weapon in a care­less man­ner (a sawed-off shot­gun); trans­port­ing am­mu­ni­tion in a care­less man­ner (.12 gauge); two counts of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose (a shot­gun and pep­per spray); two counts of car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon (shot­gun up his sleeve and pep­per spray in his jacket pocket); pos­ses­sion of a firearm with no li­cence; pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited weapon know­ing he had no li­cence; pos­ses­sion of a loaded weapon (shot­gun); pos­ses­sion of a weapon and am­mu­ni­tion while pro­hib­ited; pos­ses­sion of a stolen ve­hi­cle (1995 Mer­cury Sable); and two counts of breach­ing his pro­ba­tion by fail­ing to keep the peace; and fail­ing to ad­vise of a change in ad­dress.

He is also the prime sus­pect in an early morn­ing armed rob­bery ear­lier this month at a con­ve­nience store/gas bar in Monc­ton where he also al­legedly stole a ve­hi­cle and drove to Cape Bre­ton.

Rees will con­tinue to be on re­mand pend­ing the out­come of a bail hear­ing sched­uled for Aug. 11.

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