94-year-old ac­cused of at­tack waits for bail

Se­nior charged with at­tempted mur­der

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - NICOLE O’REILLY

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.

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