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Cape Breton court roundup for Nov. 20, 2020

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A preliminary hearing for a Sydney man charged with first-degree murder is now expected to continue Nov. 30.
Joseph Frederick Evong, 38, is charged in connection with the Nov. 5, 2019, death of 41-year-old Stephen Richard Rose of Sydney. Rose was found deceased inside a Rotary Park apartment.
Also charged is Jessica Anne MacDonald, 33, who was already ordered to trial in Supreme Court on the charge after a preliminary.
Evidence presented at such hearings is banned from publication until a final verdict in the case.
When the hearing resumes, the defence is expected to indicate whether it will be calling any witnesses. 
If no witnesses are being called, then the Crown and defence are scheduled to present their closing summations in the case on Jan. 11. If witnesses are to be called, the court has scheduled two-days in March to hear such evidence.

Trial set on trafficking offence

Two Sydney Mines men have waived their right to a preliminary hearing and will now proceed to trial on a drug trafficking charge.
Paul Rendall Barnes, 46, of Birch Street and Kyle Nathan McLellan, 24, of Butts Street are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine. Other charges against Barnes were withdrawn.
The offence is alleged to have occurred Aug. 12, 2019 in Sydney Mines.
A provincial court trial on the charge is now set for June 21.


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