A Glace Bay man apologized to the family of Laura Jessome as he was sentenced yesterday for being an accessory after the fact in her murder. 51 year-old Robert Edwin Matheson was given a 3 and a half year sentence after pleading guilty to the charge in September. However, he’ll only likely spend four and a half months in a provincial jail after being given credit for time served in custody. Two other Glace Bay men, 39 year-old Thomas Ted Barrett and 23 year-old Morgan James MacNeil are charged with second-degree murder in the Bras d’Or woman’s death. In an agreed statement of facts, Matheson says he had several visits from Barrett who was his neighbour in May of 2012. He claims Barrett told him McNeil had picked a girl up from detox and killed her after she refused to have sex with him. Matheson went on to say Barrett asked to borrow his car in order to move Jessome’s body which was later found in a hockey bag in the Mira River. Matheson says he later agreed to act as the driver because he was afraid Barrett might smash his car and the police would find the body and implicate him. Matheson also says he was afraid of Barrett who he describes as a dangerous man.
One analyst is predicting another drop in gas prices, this week. Meanwhile, gas fell by 4.5 cents a litre in New Brunswick, last night. Diesel there went down by 3.5 cents a litre. The current minimum price for a litre of regular gas in Cape Breton is 93.3 cents. Diesel now costs a minimum of $1.07.3.
A Dominion man was arrested on child pornography charges earlier this week. 23 year-old James Anthony Duhamel is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Making Available Child Pornography. Police say an investigation led them to carry out a search warrant at a Dominion residence on Thursday, when several computers and mobile devices were seized. Duhamel was arrested on Monday and has since been released, with conditions, on a Promise to Appear in Sydney Provincial Court on May 13th.
Another bail hearing has been adjourned for an Alberta man who’s facing a number of charges after three men were assaulted in Coxheath last month. 33 year-old Andrew Stephen MacIsaac, of Leduc, faces a single count of Assault, two counts of Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Assault with a Weapon as well as charges of Uttering Threats and a number of Breaches. MacIsaac was arrested after police were called to a home on Waterview Drive on December 27th to investigate a complaint of an assault. Three other men at the home were taken to the Regional Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the four men know each other and had been socializing prior to the incident. They add that there was a weapon involved in the assault but it was not a firearm. MacIsaac is now on remand to await another bail hearing that’s been scheduled for a week from today.
Marine Atlantic Passengers will be seeing some slightly cheaper fares, but the lower cost will not be permanent. Due to falling oil prices, the Crown Corporation announced today that the fuel surcharge is being cut by six percent. However, Marine Atlantic adds that there will be increases in the future as it starts to use more costly marine diesel fuel to meet environmental regulations by 2018. The new fuel will be phased in gradually over the next three years through a blended fuel process, which will result in fuel costs going up until all vessels have converted to use a hundred percent marine diesel. In addition, passenger fares, vehicle fares and the drop trailer management fee will be going up by 2.6 percent starting on April 1st because of material, supply and labour costs. Marine Atlantic says that cabin prices and security fees are not being increased at this time.