Head­ing to trial

Cape Breton Post - - News - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A Cape Bre­ton mother charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact to a death al­leged to have been com­mit­ted by her son has elected trial in Supreme Court.

Norma Fran­cis MacNeil, 56, of Al­bert Bridge is charged with be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact by help­ing Thomas Smith (her son) by at­tempt­ing to delete emails from his cell­phone and de­stroy­ing his cell­phone.

She is also charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice by dis­suad­ing an in­di­vid­ual from speak­ing to po­lice and coun­selling that per­son to pro­vide false in­for­ma­tion. MacNeil is also charged with at­tempted ob­struc­tion by re­mov­ing and de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence from a cell­phone.

The of­fences are al­leged to have oc­curred between March and June.

Thomas Joseph Smith, 26, is fac­ing charges, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death by tex­ting while driv­ing, in re­la­tion to the death of 54-year-old Jackie De­veau of Cheti­camp who died March 11.

De­veau died af­ter be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle on High­way 125 near the Mira Road exit.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle that hit De­veau fled the scene.

Dur­ing a pro­vin­cial court ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day, MacNeil elected to be tried by Supreme Court judge alone and waived her right to a pre­lim­i­nary hearing.

She is now to ap­pear in Supreme Court Aug. 23 to re­ceive a trial date.

MacNeil con­tin­ues her re­lease on con­di­tions in­clud­ing that she have no con­tact with her son.

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