Prom­i­nent busi­ness­man vic­tim of Syd­ney homi­cide



Jim Matthews, the owner of Prince Street Mar­ket and other build­ings in Syd­ney, has been iden­ti­fied as the vic­tim in Tues­day’s al­leged homi­cide.

His sis­ter, Donna MatthewsHicks, con­firmed his death to the Cape Bre­ton Post on Wed­nes­day and that im­me­di­ate fam­ily have been no­ti­fied.

“I want peo­ple to know that we (the fam­ily) won’t stop un­til we find the ruth­less bas­tard that killed my brother,” she said in an in­ter­view con­ducted on Face­book be­cause she felt dis­cussing her brother through that medium would be eas­ier at this point in time.

She told the Post that Matthews lived with his part­ner, Stephen Couban in Halifax, and is sur­vived by six sis­ters.

The 54-year-old, who co-owned Matthews McDonough Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning in Halifax, spent a lot of time in Syd­ney ‘build­ing on a dream to re­vi­tal­ize the economy’ and busi­ness down­town.

“He loved Syd­ney and be­lieved in Syd­ney,” Matthews-Hicks said.

“He took his cre­ativ­ity and money to bring life back to Syd­ney and Cape Bre­ton.”

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 50s in­side his apart­ment.

As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, po­lice

re­ported the the death as sus­pi­cious in na­ture and were treat­ing it as a homi­cide.

Calls to po­lice on Wed­nes­day were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.


Jim Matthews, 54, has been iden­ti­fied as a vic­tim of Tues­day’s homi­cide.

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