Three men fac­ing at­tempted mur­der charges make court ap­pear­ances

Sep­a­rate Shel­burne court ap­pear­ances up­com­ing for the trio

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Three in­di­vid­u­als charged with at­tempted mur­der fol­low­ing an al­leged stab­bing in­ci­dent in Shel­burne – in which two of the ac­cused are also listed as the vic­tims – made their first court ap­pear­ances last week.

The three men – Cade Alexan­der Ben­ham, 24; Matthew James Jack­son, 31; and Yan Franklin Cox, 46, all from Shel­burne County – made their first court ap­pear­ances in pro­vin­cial court in Yar­mouth on Dec. 31, fol­low­ing their ar­rests af­ter re­ported stab­bings took place in a Cle­ments Street apart­ment unit in Shel­burne on Dec. 27.

Since then the men have made sep­a­rate court ap­pear­ances with one be­ing re­leased from cus­tody, an­other re­main­ing in cus­tody and a third still await­ing a show­cause/ bail hear­ing.

The RCMP re­ceived a 911 call at about 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 27, say­ing that a stab­bing had taken place in­side an apart­ment on Cle­ments Street. The po­lice have said an al­ter­ca­tion took place be­tween the men and two had suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

All three face a charge of at­tempted mur­der.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Ben­ham, of Bulk­ley Street, Shel­burne, is charged with at­tempt­ing to mur­der Yan Cox by stab­bing him with a knife. Ben­ham also faces a charge of ag­gra­vated as­sault for en­dan­ger­ing’s Cox’s life, along with charges of as­sault with a weapon and fail­ure to com­ply with court un­der­tak­ings.

In court on Dec. 31, Ben­ham was sport­ing ban­dages on his right hand. He re­turned to pro­vin­cial court in Shel­burne on Jan. 2 and has been re­leased from cus­tody. His next court ap­pear­ance is set for Jan. 9 in Shel­burne pro­vin­cial court for elec­tion and plea.

Cox, whose ad­dress is listed as 175 Cle­ments St., Apart­ment A, is ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to mur­der Ben­ham by stab­bing him with a knife. He’s also charged with as­sault and ag­gra­vated as­sault on Ben­ham. An­other charge be­fore the court states he failed to com­ply with a court-or­dered re­cog­ni­zance or un­der­tak­ing. In court on Dec. 31, Cox’s face ap­peared bruised and swollen and it looked as if there were cuts on the side of his face. The RCMP have not pub­licly re­leased the in­juries the in­di­vid­u­als re­ceived in the Dec. 27 in­ci­dent.

Cox’s next pro­vin­cial court ap­pear­ance was set for Jan. 3 in Shel­burne. On that date he was re­manded to cus­tody in a pro­vin­cial in­sti­tu­tion and is next due to ap­pear in Shel­burne pro­vin­cial court on Jan. 24.

Jack­son, whose ad­dress is listed as Black Point Road in In­go­mar, Shel­burne County, is ac­cused of try­ing to mur­der Ben­ham by stab­bing him with a knife, ac­cord­ing to the charge be­fore the court. He is also charged with as­sault with a weapon and ag­gra­vated as­sault, with Ben­ham listed as the vic­tim of both charges. Jack­son also faces three breach of pro­ba­tion charges. At his first court ap­pear­ance on Dec. 31 he con­sented to be­ing kept in cus­tody un­til his next pro­vin­cial court ap­pear­ance, which is slated for a show­case hear­ing on Jan. 16.

Dur­ing the Dec. 31 court ap­pear­ance for the men, an or­der had been placed on each by the court not to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other.

In a Dec. 30 me­dia re­lease, the RCMP asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent to con­tact the Shel­burne RCMP at 902-8752490.

Should peo­ple wish to remain anony­mous call Nova Sco­tia Crime Stop­pers toll free at 1-800222-TIPS (8477), sub­mit a se­cure web tip at www.crimestop­pers. ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.

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