Court varies release conditions for man charged with attempted murder in Kentville

Kirk Starratt
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Kentville Police Const. Kevin Pick stands guard over 534 Park St. on June 14. The property in the town’s west end was secured after a shooting just after midnight. – Jennifer Hoegg,

A Murphy Lake man facing several charges, including attempted murder, has had his release conditions changed.

Tony Allan Nickerson, 45, was arrested following an early morning shooting in Kentville last June. He made an application to the court to amend his conditions to allow him to attend work and have a phone for the purpose of his job.

Nickerson appeared on the matter before Judge Alan Tufts in Kentville provincial court on Jan. 15. A line has been added to Nickerson’s no cell phone clause to allow an exception if the phone is being used for employment purposes. A further exception to Nickerson’s house arrest was added to allow him to attend regularly scheduled work. However, Nickerson must remain in Shelburne County and take the most direct route to and from his job at Island Pride Contractors. The Barrington RCMP must also be notified of his work schedule.

Following a show cause hearing on June 19, Tufts granted Nickerson’s release on a recognizance including a $50,000 bond justified on the property of Nickerson’s surety, his father, Conrad Nickerson. Release conditions include that the accused must remain under house arrest at his father’s home in Clarke’s Harbour.

Nickerson is charged with attempting to murder Kentville resident George Woodworth while using a prohibited firearm, a sawed-off shotgun; possessing a loaded, prohibited firearm without holding a license or authorization, possessing a prohibited device, a sawed-of shotgun, for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, committing an aggravated assault by endangering the life of George Woodworth, using a firearm, a 12-gauge shotgun, while committing the indictable offence of aggravated assault and possessing firearms, a 22-calibre, a 35-calibre and a 12-gauge shotgun without holding a license.

Nickerson pleaded not guilty to the charges on Oct. 7. The matters have been adjourned to March 25 and 26 for trial.

Woodworth was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a June 14 shooting at a Park Street home. Nickerson was arrested about an hour after the shooting, which took place just after 12:30 a.m.

Organizations: Island Pride Contractors

Geographic location: Kentville, Murphy Lake, Shelburne County Park Street

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