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SYD­NEY — Le­gal ar­gu­ments cov­er­ing a num­ber of is­sues be­gan Wed­nes­day in ad­vance of a sched­uled Supreme Court trial in Septem­ber for a Glace Bay man charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der. Thomas Ted Bar­rett, 41, is charged in con­nec­tion with the May 2012 death of 21-year-old Laura Cather­ine Jes­some, of Bras d’Or. Jes­some’s re­mains were found in­side a hockey bag that had been tossed into the Mira River in Mar­ion Bridge.

At the out­set of Wed­nes­day’s hear­ing, Jus­tice Frank Ed­wards im­posed what he termed “a sweep­ing pub­li­ca­tion ban.”

The ban pro­hibits any re­port­ing of the ex­act na­ture of the ar­gu­ments, the po­si­tions ad­vanced by the Crown and de­fence and de­ci­sions ren­dered by the court. Such de­tails can be re­ported at the con­clu­sion of the trial.

Fur­ther ar­gu­ments are ex­pected to be made in Au­gust with jury se­lec­tion sched­uled for the first week of the Septem­ber.

The trial is set to be­gin Sept. 11.

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