Judge to rule on bail application in beating of homeless man

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — A provincial court judge is expected to rule Tuesday morning on a bail application for one of six accused in the brutal assault of a homeless man.

Shawn Kurtis Jack is in a Halifax hospital with serious injuries after being assaulted on Monday in North Sydney.

Judge David Ryan reserved decision after presiding Monday over a bail hearing for Jennifer Lynn MacLeod, 22, of Calabash Road, Boularderie.

MacLeod is charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

MacLeod and five others are charged with the July 14 attack on 48-year-old Shawn Kurtis Jack.

Jack was found bloodied and bruised in the parking lot of the Atlantic Superstore and is now in a Halifax hospital with serious head and other injuries. Jack was living in a homemade shelter, along with his dog, in woods behind the Superstore in North Sydney.

Also Monday, bail hearing dates were assigned to other accused in the case.

Gordon William Bobbitt, 47, of North Sydney, is charged with obstruction of justice and appeared in court Monday via video from the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

The Crown is objecting to his release and a bail hearing is now scheduled for Wednesday.

Also in court Monday was James Darren Clarke, 34, of North Sydney, who is charged with obstruction of justice. He also appeared via video and is now scheduled for a bail hearing Wednesday.

While in custody, all of the accused are to have no contact with each other.

Both men were arrested over the weekend as Cape Breton Regional Police continue their investigation into the beating of Jack.

As part of their investigation, police have reported seizing a wrench and a bandana from a home in North Sydney. Some of the accused are charged with wearing a  disguise in committing an offence and police alleged the disguise was a bandana.

Corey Patrick Blinkhorn of Sydney Mines was arrested in the town on Monday, ending a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest. Blinkhorn was being sought for attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise while committing an offence and impersonating a police officer.

Also charged with attempted murder is Kyle William Nichol, 25, of King Street, North Sydney. He is also charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

He is scheduled to return to court July 31 to enter pleas to the charges.

Another accused, a  16-year-old girl from North Sydney, is charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

She is scheduled in youth court Tuesday for a bail hearing on the charges.

Organizations: Halifax hospital, Cape Breton Correctional Centre

Geographic location: North Sydney, Calabash Road, Boularderie Sydney Mines Canada King Street

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  • Bazzy1
    July 22, 2014 - 13:09

    I read this and sure hope the judge uses common sense and the law, and denies these individuals bail. Their defense lawyers will argue that their constitutional rights will be violated if they are held as they have not been deemed guilty! What about Jacks, conditional rights to safety as afforded him under the Charter Life, Liberty and Security. Section 7 identifying,. "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice." All six of these individuals are low life who pried on a homeless individual, and beat this individual to a pulp. He is still in hospital with serious head injuries! And no one , know's if he will recover and if their will be lasting implications of this beating! These individuals consciously knew what they were doing when they attacked Jack , and are a threat to the public. They should be kept behind bars! These are not outstanding citizens!!! Kudos, to all the Police officer's who have worked endless hours to find these culprits!