Released from custody
Murder accused is released on host of conditions
A 35-year-old Sydney Mines woman charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her former partner was released from custody Friday on a host of conditions.
Kimberly Ann O’Dea, of Oxford Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. The Crown has now added a third charge, dangerous driving causing death.
The charges are in relation to the death of Dana Marie Jessome, 28, of McKean Street, Sydney Mines, who died after being struck by a vehicle that police allege was driven by O’Dea.
The pair had been involved in a prior relationship and the time of her death, Jessome was under court order to have no contact with O’Dea.
According to Cape Breton Regional Police, the incident occurred at 7 a.m. July 14 on Oxford Avenue.
Jessome was first taken to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and later transferred to a facility in Halifax where she was pronounced dead.
O’Dea was arrested by police, without incident, shortly after the accident.
In appearing Friday in Supreme Court for a bail hearing, O’Dea was released after agreeing to abide by a host of conditions including she live in Grand Falls/Windsor in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Her mother, Effie O’Dea, secured her daughter’s release in posting $40,000 in property (her home).
After the Supreme Court appearance, O’Dea then appeared in provincial court when was date was set for a preliminary hearing on the charges.
The hearing is now set for Sept. 18. Among the conditions of her release, O’Dea is to have no contact with 21 individuals, an increase from the previous list of 17 people.
She is also prohibited from alcohol and all drugs not prescribed her by a physician and is to report, in person, once a week to RCMP in Grand Falls/Windsor.
She is to stay off Cape Breton Island except for court or medical purposes and is to abide by a curfew.
She is not allowed to drive or access any social media sites.
Shortly after her arrest on the charges, O’Dea’s Oxford Avenue home was set ablaze. Police and provincial fire marshal officials are continuing their investigation into the fire which has been deemed suspicious.