Jus­tice for Joneil rally set for Saturday


Peo­ple from through­out the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity are planning a rally out­side the Syd­ney Mines po­lice sta­tion on Sunday with hopes of get­ting “jus­tice” for 17-yearold Joneil Hanna.

The North Syd­ney youth died from in­juries sus­tained from be­ing struck by a ve­hi­cle while walk­ing home from a grad party on June 10.

As of yet, no charges have been laid against the driver of the ve­hi­cle, who re­mained on scene un­til po­lice ar­rived. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and charges could be laid in the fu­ture. How­ever, many peo­ple are up­set that re­spond­ing of­fi­cers didn’t give the driver a breath­a­lyzer test at the scene.

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice have said in a state­ment there is no ev­i­dence to in­di­cate the driver of the ve­hi­cle was im­paired.

“I’m planning to at­tend be­cause it isn’t right that a boy lost his life and noth­ing is be­ing done about it,” said 22-year-old Kelsie MacPhee, a mother of one from Syd­ney.

“For them to say they didn’t have enough ev­i­dence to give him the breath­a­lyzer is in­sane to me … I know peo­ple who have swerved around pot­holes and were pulled over and given the breath­a­lyzer for that.”

Jenn Hanna, Joneil’s mother, didn’t plan to at­tend the rally,

which is be­ing pro­moted through a Facebook group that has gained 1,100 fol­low­ers in two days, but she is grate­ful peo­ple have or­ga­nized it.

“I feel it’s great. I have lots of sup­port.”

Jenn Hanna

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