Sydney man to enter pleas in fatal hit and run case
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.