A North Sydney man charged in connection with the beating of a homeless man in North Sydney is due back in court today to enter a plea. 47-year-old Gordon William Bobbitt is charged with obstruction of justice in the case and was released on conditions after a court appearance, last month. Meanwhile, another North Sydney man also charged with obstruction in the case has consented to further remand after a court appearance, yesterday. 34-year-old James Darren Clarke is accused of hiding a wrench that police believe was used in the attack on 48-year-old Shawn Curtis Jack on July 14th. Clarke is due back in court on September 8th. Jack remains in a Halifax hospital after suffering serious injuries in the attack. Regional Police have charged a total of six people in connection to the assault.
Analysts are predicting a jump in gas prices, this week.
One is forecasting an increase of 3 cents a litre overnight, tonight.
Meanwhile, the price of gas went up by 3.4 cents a litre in New Brunswick, last night.
The cost of diesel there remains unchanged.
The minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is now $1.33.
Diesel now costs a minimum of $1.31.
A review released by the provincial Department of Justice shows procedures weren’t followed when Thomas Ted Barrett was stabbed at the Burnside jail.
The 39-year-old Glace Bay man was sent to hospital with more than 40 stab wounds after the June attack.
At the time, police said the suspects were all in one cell and the stabbing happened after Barrett entered the cell.
The review found staff responded “quickly and appropriately” to the incident.
However, it also notes that a standard operating procedure regarding the number of inmates allowed in a cell was not followed.
As a result, supervisors at the facility have been directed to ensure the procedure is “reviewed, enforced and adhered to at all times”.
Barrett faces two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Laura Jessome from Bras d’Or and Brett Elizabeth MacKinnon from Glace Bay.
Premier Stephen McNeil is in Charlottetown today to meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts from across the country.
McNeil says a change in Ottawa’s funding formula for health care is high on his agenda at the meeting.
The Harper government plans to fund health based on population and that means Nova Scotia will start getting billions of dollars less in transfer payments.
McNeil says the change will hurt this province which has the highest percentage of seniors in the country.
He adds the premiers will discuss having Ottawa participate in a new strategy on aging at their meeting which will help address the funding change.
An Edmonton man has been sentenced to four years in prison for fatally stabbing a Mabou man, two years ago.
23-year-old Cody Kyle Jensen was convicted of manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Kenzie Beaton in May.
Beaton died from a fatal stab wound to his stomach after an altercation between the two men at an inn in Jasper, Alberta.
In sentencing Jensen yesterday, Justice June Ross said that his use of a knife in those circumstances was completely unnecessary.
The Crown had argued for a prison term of between of three and five years for Jensen while his lawyer said he should serve 18 to 24 months in jail.
Beaton’s mother, father and two sisters were in Edmonton for the sentencing.
His mother Debbie Beaton expressed relief that the case was over.