Sus­pi­cious death

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble homi­cide unit, foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion units con­tin­u­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Amherst News - - REGIONAL - By Erin Pot­tie erin.pot­tie@cb­

Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice have re­leased few de­tails about what they be­lieve is a homi­cide in Syd­ney.

Po­lice re­sponded to a Prince Street ad­dress around 11 a.m. Tues­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of a de­ceased per­son.

Upon their ar­rival at the scene, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the body of man in his fifties in­side his apart­ment.

At this point, po­lice say the death is sus­pi­cious in na­ture and they are treat­ing it as a homi­cide.

Around noon­time on Tues­day, a por­tion of Prince Street in down­town Syd­ney was cor­doned off be­tween Charlotte and Bentinck streets, while a po­lice of­fi­cer in a blue pro­tec­tion suit could be seen walk­ing in the area.

Ad­di­tional po­lice re­sources were dis­patched, in­clud­ing a sniffer dog that could be heard bark­ing in­side a nearby ve­hi­cle. By about 4 p.m., the road­block re­mained in place and at least three of­fi­cers re­mained on scene.

A server who was work­ing in­side the nearby Prince Street Mar­ket said po­lice would tell them noth­ing about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but asked that they stay in­side.

A sec­ondary door to the mul­tiuse build­ing was also taped off, al­though cus­tomers were able to en­ter the space through a door on Bentinck Street.

Po­lice are ex­pected to pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails as they be­come avail­able. Mem­bers of the force’s ma­jor crime unit and foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion units are con­tin­u­ing with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this crime is asked to con­tact the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice dis­patch cen­tre at 563-5151 or Crime Stop­pers at 562-8477 or www.cape­bre­ton­crimestop­ Mur­der charges have been laid in two cases in Cape Bre­ton so far this year.

The first oc­curred in Gar­diner Mines on April 18 when Richard Wayne McNeil was charged in the first-de­gree mur­der of his com­mon-law part­ner, SaraBeth Ann Forbes.

A psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment con­cluded that McNeil is fit to stand trial but that he is not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions be­cause at the time of the of­fence he suf­fered a disease of the mind.

Ac­cord­ing to fam­ily mem­bers, McNeil was pre­vi­ously di­ag­nosed with para­noid schizophre­nia. He has waived his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. His trial is ex­pected to be­gin on April 1, 2018.

On July 14 in Syd­ney Mines, Kim­berly Ann O’Dea al­legedly ran down her for­mer part­ner, Dana Marie Jes­some, with a ve­hi­cle. O’Dea cur­rently faces charges of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing death and dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death.

O’Dea was re­leased from cus­tody on a host of con­di­tions ear­lier this month. Her pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled for Sept. 18.

Erin Pot­tie/Cape Bre­ton Post

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, a re­gional po­lice of­fi­cer watches over a sec­tion of Prince Street in Syd­ney that is now part of a homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing a man in his fifties who was found dead in his apart­ment.

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