By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - The roommate of a New Glasgow man who is paralyzed from the waist down after a weekend stabbing said the man is being positive about the future as he recovers in a Halifax hospital.
Scott Jones was stabbed in downtown New Glasgow. An arrest has been made.
Scott Jones, 27, was attacked early Saturday morning in New Glasgow by another man who stabbed him in the back, severing his spinal cord.
He’s in critical but stable condition at the QEII, and a close friend said Monday that he’s been upbeat during his recovery.
“He’s always been very open and we talk about…his fears and his hopes, and we’ve talked about both of those, but it’s mostly all positive,” said Amy Punke. “Nothing about revenge or hatred.”
Punke said Jones’ family has gathered in Halifax to support him during his recuperation.
“His family’s incredibly strong and we’re pretty much all in awe of all of them, in particular Scott,” she said.
Shane Edward Matheson, 19, of Trenton, will appear in Pictou provincial court on Tuesday facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
The fiance of Jones’ sister, Jason Cormier, says he believes Jones was attacked because he’s gay.
Police say they have no evidence to indicate it was hate crime, but are still investigating.
Cormier says Jones had been celebrating the opening of a friend’s art gallery at a local bar Friday night and noticed two men glaring at him.
Cormier says Jones told him he and his friends later left to go to another bar when the two men approached them, one of whom stabbed Jones twice in the back and sliced his throat.
Cormier said Jones is a musician and a choir director in the community.
A trust fund is being established for Jones, and donations can be made as of Tuesday morning via the website supportscottjones.com.
– with files from the Canadian Press