Denny Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter
A Cape Breton man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a Halifax gay rights activist. 36 year-old Andre Noel Denny, of Membertou, was initially charged with second degree murder in the beating death of 49 year-old Raymond Taavel in April of 2012. The incident occurred after Denny failed to return from a temporary leave from the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth. Denny spoke through a Mi’kmaq translator in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today, apologizing to Taavel’s family and saying that he regrets what happened. Denny has been in custody at the Forensic Hospital since his arrest in 2012. His sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for January 25th and 26th.