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Cape Breton court roundup for Nov. 25, 2020

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A preliminary hearing date has been set for a Glace Bay man charged in connection with a single-vehicle fatal car crash in July.
Jonathan Daniel Marangoni, 29, of May Street is charged with criminal negligence causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and three counts of breaching court orders.
All but the breach charges relate to an accident in Sydney July 6 which claimed the life of John James King, 43, of Villa Drive, Little Bras d’Or.
King was among four people in the vehicle that crashed into a home on the corner of George Street and Byng Avenue.
The other occupants were taken to hospital with what was described as non-life-threatening injuries.
Marangoni is now scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on the driving-related offences June 1 and 2. A trial will also be held on those dates to deal with the three breaches.
If ordered to trial on the driving offences, Marangoni has elected a judge alone trial in Supreme Court.
He continues his release on conditions.

Plea set on theft of oil truck

A plea date has been for a man from Newfoundland and Labrador accused of stealing an oil truck in North Sydney.
David Paul Gillam, 32, of St. Andrews is charged with auto theft, mischief over $5,000 by causing damage to the vehicle’s clutch and air brakes, obstructing a police officer by giving a false name, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and breaching a court order.
The offences are alleged to have occurred in North Sydney Sept. 25. The breach charge relates to a court order issued in his home province prohibiting him from leaving the province.
Gillam is now scheduled to enter pleas Dec. 23.

Accused released on conditions 

A Sydney Mines man facing charges including arson has been released after a bail hearing.
Peter Joseph Vickers, 55, of Young Avenue, is charged in connection with vehicle fires Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 in North Sydney involving a 2005 GMC Sierra and a Jeep Laredo.
In addition to the arson charges, he also faces two counts of breaching court orders.
Vickers is also charged with two counts of uttering threats, two counts of breaching court orders and single counts of assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Those offences are alleged to have occurred Nov. 21 in North Sydney.
Vickers was released after posting $10,000 to secure his bail and agreeing to abide by such conditions as a curfew, not appear intoxicated in public, and he is not to possess any knives, matches or lighters.
He is to return to provincial court Dec. 22 to enter pleas.

Plea date assigned 

A Sydney man has been released on conditions after being charged with offences including drug trafficking.
Francis Todd Axworthy, 45, is charged with 11 counts of breaching court orders, and single counts of resisting arrest, possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, conspiracy which alleges Axworthy conspired within a co-accused to take responsibility for a drug trafficking charge and mischief.
The offences are alleged to have occurred in Sydney between May 2019 and October of this year.
Among the conditions of his release, Axworthy is to live at a Stanfield Street address and have no contact with two people and refrain from alcohol and drugs not prescribed to him.
He is to return to provincial court Dec. 9 to enter pleas.

Sentencing date scheduled 

A Sydney man will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to multiple offences including weapon charges.
Jordan Tyler Alexander Kirton, 21, of Melissa Crescent, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of weapons and ammunition knowing he was not licensed, possession of loaded firearm and possession of ammunition while prohibited, two counts of breaching court orders, and single counts of evading police, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace (a machete) and careless use of a firearm.
The offences occurred in Sydney in June.
Having been on remand for 216 days, the Crown and defence are recommending a further 18 months in custody followed by 12 months probation. The proposed sentence also includes 100 hours of community service, a three-year driving prohibition and a 10-year ban on possessing restricted firearms.
A sentence will now be imposed Dec. 3. Kirton continues to be on remand.


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