Trial date set for intellectually challenged woman facing assault charges

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TRURO - A trial date of July 14 has been set for a former North River woman facing assault charges stemming from the small options care home where she lives in Antigonish.

Amanda Murphy entered a not guilty plea during an appearance in provincial court in Antigonish on Thursday.

Murphy, 34, who suffers from various intellectual and physically disabilities, has been diagnosed with a cognitive level of between five and eight years old. The assault charges resulted after she allegedly pushed and slapped a worker at the home where she lives.

She had been scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 6 but the judge involved said he wanted to consolidate the charges and that he did not want to proceed until he had further information.

A similar assault case involving Nichele Benn, 26, the daughter of a Bible Hill woman who has intellectual disabilities that have left her with the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, is scheduled for a plea Monday morning in provincial court in Dartmouth.

Geographic location: Antigonish, Bible Hill, Dartmouth

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