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North Sydney man accused in homeless man attack released; other accused remanded

SYDNEY — A man charged in connection with an assault on a homeless man in North Sydney was released from custody Thursday.

Shawn Kurtis Jack is shown above with his dog, Chico. The 48-year-old homeless man was savagely beaten in his campsite behind the Superstore in North Sydney in 2014. Charges were dropped on Monday against the last of six accused, Cory Patrick Richard Blinkhorn, 24, of North Sydney.

Gordon William Bobbitt, 47, of King Street in North Sydney is charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the July 14 attack on Shawn Kurtis Jack, 48, who continues to recover from his injuries in a Halifax hospital. He was living in a homemade shelter, along with his dog, in woods behind the Superstore in North Sydney.

Bobbitt allegedly hid or concealed a wrench police seized at the time of his arrest in July.

He was released on a $5,000 property surety and must abide by conditions that include he not possess any weapons, he not associate with anyone with a criminal record, he report once a week, by phone, to Cape Breton Regional Police, and that he observe a 24-7 curfew with exceptions.

Bobbitt is to live at his King Street address, which is the same apartment building where two other accused in the case also live.

The other two people also made provincial court appearances Thursday.

James Darren Clarke, 34, is charged with obstruction of justice. He also allegedly hid or concealed a wrench that police have seized.

Clarke is now scheduled back in court Aug. 12 for a possible bail hearing.

Kyle William Nichol, 25, who is charged with attempted murder in connection with the assault, is also accused of aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

He is also facing unrelated offences of armed robbery, carrying a weapon dangerous to public peace, uttering a threat and two counts of breaching court orders.

Nichol made a brief court appearance Thursday and consented to a further remand until Aug. 11.

Three other accused in the case, one of whom is also charged with attempted murder, are also behind bars and are scheduled to make court appearances Wednesday.

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