Former Truro man in serious condition after being assaulted in Cape Breton

Harry Sullivan
Published on July 18, 2014
Shawn Kurtis Jack is in a Halifax hospital with serious injuries after being assaulted on Monday in North Sydney.

NORTH SYDNEY – A Cape Breton man is facing a charge of attempted murder in relation to an assault on a former Truro man in North Sydney.

Shawn Kurtis Jack, 48, was found beaten in the parking lot of a grocery store Monday night and remained in serious condition with head injuries Thursday in a Halifax hospital, according to a police spokesperson.

“Everyone knows him in some way,” said a Truro Daily News reader in an emailed comment. “Whether it’s from seeing him walking with his dog or running into him in the grocery store,” the person said.

Desiree Vassalo, a spokeswoman for the Cape Breton police, said the victim, who did not have a fixed address, is originally from Truro but had been living in the North Sydney area.

Police originally responded to reports of an injured male just before midnight on July 14, where staff at the North Sydney Superstore had located him in their parking lot. Jack, who had been staying in the area, was transported by EHS to Cape Breton Regional Hospital with serious head injuries and later to Halifax for further treatment. He remains in serious condition in the Halifax hospital.

Kyle William Nichol, 25, of Sydney Mines is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an offence and two counts of breaching court-ordered conditions. He is to appear in Sydney provincial court today to face the charges.

Jennifer Lynn MacLeod, a 22-year-old woman from Bouladerie, is also charged in the case with aggravated assault and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an offence.

A 16-year-old girl from North Sydney has also been charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise and two breaches.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to contact police at 563-5151 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.

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