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Four men charged after Bible Hill man beaten with fists and pipe

Four men are facing charges after a 69-year-old Bible Hill man was held down and beaten.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on September 17, a man drove a vehicle into the driveway of a Pictou Road home and verbal argument began.

Three more men arrived in another vehicle, one with a pipe in his hand.

The man who lived at the house said he didn't want any trouble and ran into a garage, but the glass of the garage door was then smashed with the pipe.

RCMP report that a 69-year-old neighbour heard the commotion and yelled at the suspects to leave the area. He was then held down by two men while the other two men beat him with their fists and the pipe, knocking him unconscious.

A woman saw what was happening and called 911.

When people on a neighbouring property came to the victim's defence, the suspects got into their vehicles and left the area.

RCMP located the vehicles a short time later, arrested four men, and retrieved the pipe.

EHS took the 69-year-old man to hospital, where he was treated and released.

The suspects were held in custody overnight and appeared in Truro Provincial Court on September 18.

Craig Hollis Bessette, 32, of Truro has been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm.

William James Desjardins, 27, of Shortts Lake, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon (brass knuckles) for a dangerous purpose, and possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles).

Shawn Kenneth Banfield, 34, of Lantz, has been charged with assault with a weapon, mischief, and possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence.

Stephen Guy Lively, 32, of Shubenacadie, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, and mischief.

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