Syd­ney man to en­ter pleas in fa­tal hit and run case

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRETON POST STAFF news@cb­

A Syd­ney man is to re­turn to pro­vin­cial court in Septem­ber to en­ter pleas re­lat­ing to a fa­tal hit and run.

Thomas Joseph Smith made a brief court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day and con­sented to a fur­ther re­mand. He is now ex­pected to en­ter pleas Sept. 18. He was pre­vi­ously de­nied bail.

He is charged with fail­ing to stop at the scene of an ac­ci­dent, dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death, crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death (tex­ting while driv­ing), driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice by hid­ing, re­pair­ing, or burn­ing ev­i­dence (a ve­hi­cle).

He is charged in con­nec­tion with a fa­tal hit and run March 11 on High­way 125 which claimed the life of 54-year-old Jackie De­veau of Cheti­camp.

Smith’s mother, Norma Fran­cis MacNeil, 56, of Al­bert Bridge, is to ap­pear in Supreme Court Aug. 23 to re­ceive a trial date on charges of be­ing an ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact by help­ing Smith at­tempt 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 coun­sel­ing that per­son to pro­vide false in­for­ma­tion. MacNeil is also charged with at­tempted ob­struc­tion by re­mov­ing and de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence from a cell­phone.

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