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Stewiacke youth’s inquiry extended


A preliminary inquiry for a Stewiacke youth charged with second-degree murder is to continue Feb. 5 to hear from the last of three witnesses.

The teen is charged in the Aug. 18 death of Daniel Handrahan, 46, following an early morning altercation outside a Stewiacke residence.

The identity of the accused and evidence presented during the preliminary inquiry cannot be published.

Only one day had been scheduled for the inquiry but after the evidence of a second witness concluded late Friday afternoon, Crown attorney Rick Hartlen and defence attorney Stan MacDonald requested another date to hear from the final witness.

The youth, who was 17 when he was charged, has elected to be tried in Nova Scotia Supreme Court by judge and jury if the evidence from the preliminary inquiry is deemed sufficient to proceed.

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