94-year-old accused of attack waits for bail
Senior charged with attempted murder
A 94-year-old Carlisle man who allegedly attacked his family with a machete remains in jail accused of attempted murder.
Relatives of Michael Yole, a Second World War veteran and engineer, are supportive and willing to act as sureties, his lawyer Asgar Manek says.
However, Yole’s daughter and sonin-law, who live “up north,” are not yet seeking bail as he’s concerned that given his client’s independence, he might struggle to follow bail conditions, Manek said.
The lawyer says Yole isn’t complaining about being in jail.
“He’s very friendly,” Manek said Thursday. “I cannot believe that he’s not grumpy.”
Hamilton police allege a “family dispute” precipitated Yole grabbing a machete and attacking family members’ heads, said homicide Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk.
He would not elaborate on what the dispute was about.
There were three family members in the Progreston Road home at the time of the 6 p.m. Jan. 25 incident.
Two of them were injured during the brief attack that Oleniuk said only ended when the victims were able to restrain him.
The two were taken to hospital with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. They have been since been treated and released.
The family declined to speak to The Spectator.
The victims are Yole’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.
Manek said that despite his client’s age, he is “very alert” and active, and was still driving at the time of the offence.
Manek, who said he’s never represented a client of his age, doesn’t yet know what the dispute was about.
However, Yole’s son had recently purchased the home and the family moved in with him, he said.
“For that man to be wielding a machete is hard to understand, unless something drastic happened to provoke him,” Manek said.
Oleniuk said there are no known physical or mental health issues that prevented police from charging the 94-year-old.
The public perception that a man that age might not be of sound mind is a challenge, he noted.
Yole has no criminal record, meaning at 94, this is his first time in jail.
He is charged with the attempted murder of his daughter-in-law and two counts of assault with a weapon against his son and granddaughter.
Oleniuk described the weapon as “standard camping gear.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk of the homicide unit at 905-546-3865.
Yole returns to court Feb. 15.