Court case against West Hants CAO pushed to August

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People looking for more information about the incident that led to the chief administrative officer of the Municipality of West Hants landing in court on assault charges will have to wait.

Cheryl Chislett, a resident of Martock, was due in Windsor provincial court July 15 for arraignment on a charge of committing assault with a weapon. Halifax lawyer Elizabeth Buckle appeared on Chislett’s behalf.

It is alleged Chislett assaulted a 57-year-old man, reported to be her husband, with a hammer June 21.

Chislett’s husband, Richard Chislett, was identified as the complainant in court.

Speaking on behalf of Richard Chislett, Crown attorney Michael MacKenzie asked that the conditions prohibiting the accused from contacting her husband while she is on an undertaking be changed to allow her to have contact upon receiving her husband’s consent.

“The circumstances are rather unusual and unique,” MacKenzie told Judge Alan Tufts.

Buckle requested that the matter be adjourned to allow for more time to review the Crown’s information pertaining to the case.

Chislett, who is on sick leave from her job with the Municipality of West Hants, is due to return to Windsor provincial court Aug. 19.

The 54-year-old woman is released from custody on a promise to appear in court. She is prohibited from possessing a firearm and consuming alcohol or drugs for the duration of the court process.

 

Organizations: Municipality of West Hants

Geographic location: Hants, Windsor, Martock Halifax Hants County West Hants

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  • RA
    July 15, 2014 - 17:23

    This is ridiculous. What would the charge be if a common man hit a woman in the head a couple of times with a hammer, and the only way he was stopped was because he was tackled. I bet the charge would not be common assault with a weapon. I would also bet he wouldn't be allowed to have contact with the victim. I wonder if these lame charges have anything to do with the extra mounty the rcmp were awarded.