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Cape Breton court roundup for Nov. 24, 2020

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A 24-year-old Frenchvale man has again been released on conditions after being charged with three counts of breaching a previously issued order.
Isaiha Leonard Keigan of Campbells Road is charged with three counts of careless use of a firearm, two counts of auto theft, two counts of possession of stolen property, and single counts of assault, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs and knowing a prohibited weapon was in a vehicle.
He was released on conditions earlier this month but was later charged with violating those conditions.
Under the terms of his new release, Keigan is to live at a residence on Big Baddeck Road and have no contact with eight people. He is not to possess any weapons and refrain from alcohol and drugs not prescribed him. He is also to abide by a curfew.
He is now scheduled to return to provincial court Dec. 14 to enter pleas.

Plea set on sex offences

A Guysborough County man is to return to provincial court in January to enter pleas on multiple sex offences.
Kevin Craig Hart, 49, of Country Harbour is charged with offences that include six counts of sexual assault, four counts of unlawful confinement, four counts of administering a noxious substance, five counts of voyeurism and two counts of sexual interference.
The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2008 and 2011 in Sydney.
Hart, who continues to be on remand after bail was previously denied, is now scheduled to enter pleas Jan. 26.

Sentencing date scheduled 

A sentencing date has been set for a Quebec man who has entered guilty pleas on weapon and drug charges.
Maxime Brodeur, 39, of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, pleaded guilty to a single count of possession for the purpose of trafficking in marijuana and careless transport of a weapon - a loaded 9-mm handgun.
The offences occurred in February 2017 in Baddeck. At the time of his arrest, a female was facing similar offences but those charges were previously withdrawn.
Brodeur is now to be sentenced Feb. 11.

Guilty pleas entered 

A Birch Grove man is now be sentenced in February after entering guilty pleas in advance of a scheduled trial.
Jake Hector MacKinnon, 28, of Tower Road is now to be sentenced on charges of assault with a weapon (a mirror), uttering a threat and unlawfully being in a dwelling. Other charges were dismissed.
The offences occurred Feb. 1 in Northside East Bay.
MacKinnon, who continues his release on conditions, is now scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 2.

Accused sentenced on host of offences

A Glace Bay man has been sentenced on drug and weapon offences.
Brian Augustine Deruelle, 46, of Shaft Street, entered pleas of guilty to five counts of breaching court orders, three counts of drug possession involving Ritalin, hydromorphone and buprenorphine, two counts of possession of weapons with no license (a shotgun and a Slapjack — a device akin to a billy club) and possession of a firearm while prohibited.
The offences occurred in Glace Bay Aug. 4.
Having spent nearly six months on remand, Deruelle was sentenced to one-day served on each charge and is also to complete a one-year probation period.
He was also ordered to submit a DNA sample to the national registry and is banned from possessing firearms for the remainder of his life.
Deruelle is now scheduled to return to Supreme Court for a scheduled three-day trial Jan. 12 on charges of break and enter, assault with a weapon, robbery and wearing a mask in committing an offence.

Accused ordered to trial in Supreme Court 

A Stellarton man has been committed to stand trial in Supreme Court on two sex offences.
Bryden Joshua David Wallace, 33, of Ford Street is to stand trial on charges of sexual assault and sexual interference which are alleged to have occurred in Sydney between February and October 2018.
Wallace was committed to trial after a preliminary hearing. Evidence presented at such a hearing is banned from publication until a verdict is reached in the case.
Wallace has elected trial by judge and alone and is now scheduled to receive a trial date Nov. 30.

Plea set on drug and driving charges 

A 28-year-old Sydney Mines man is to return to provincial court in December to enter pleas on charges including dangerous driving.
Johnathan James Fitzgerald of Forrest Street is charged with three counts of breaching court orders and single counts of resisting arrest, dangerous driving, auto theft, possession of stolen property and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Fitzgerald has been released on conditions that include he have no contact with four individuals, he abide by a curfew, refrain from alcohol and drugs not prescribed him and he not operate or be in the front seat of any vehicle.
He is now expected to enter pleas to the charges Dec. 21.


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