Six accused in custody in connection with beating of homeless man in Cape Breton

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Shawn Kurtis Jack was seriously injured in an attack July 14 in Cape Breton. 

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A man charged with attempted murder in connection with a brutal assault on a homeless man is alleged to have posed as a police officer before attacking the victim.

Cory Patrick Richard Blinkhorn, 22, of North Sydney, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and falsely representing himself as a police officer.

Blinkhorn is one of six accused charged in relation to a July 14 attack on 48-year-old Kurtis Shawn Jack. Jack was found bloodied and bruised in the parking lot of the Atlantic Superstore and is now in a Halifax hospital with serious head and other injuries.

He was attacked in the area of his homemade shelter, which he shared with his dog, in woods behind the Superstore in North Sydney. Jack is believed to be from the Truro area.

There is a fundraising campaign to support his care.

Blinkhorn was the last suspect to be arrested and made a brief provincial court appearance Tuesday.

He is now on remand at the Cape Breton Correctional Cente pending his next court appearance Aug. 6.

Just how Blinkhorn employed his ruse as a police officer is not known but it is believed that Jack, who local residents have described as being law-abiding, would have heeded any command given by a police officer.

Also in court Tuesday were both female accused.

Provincial court Judge David Ryan denied bail for Jennifer Lynn MacLeod, 22, of Calabash Road, Boularderie.

MacLeod is charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

MacLeod is now scheduled to return to court Aug. 6 to enter pleas to the charges.

A second female, a 16-year-old girl from North Sydney, is charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

The youth also appeared in court Tuesday and was remanded to Aug. 6.

Cape Breton's Chief Crown Attorney Dan MacRury said Tuesday the facts of the case are extremely troubling and that he's never been involved in such a case in nearly 30 years of being a lawyer.

"This is something very horrific," he said, declining to offer any comment on a possible motive.

"No motive would justify this kind of attack," said MacRury.

Cape Breton Regional Police spokesperson Desiree Vassallo said Tuesday investigators have not yet been able to talk with Jack, given his condition.

She said the investigation remains open as police will continue to track down leads and receive additional information about the crime.

"Investigators now feel they do have everything but if information should come forward, they will investigate fully," she said.

Also charged is Gordon William Bobbitt, 47, of North Sydney, who is charged with obstruction of justice and is scheduled back in court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

James Darren Clarke, 34, of North Sydney, is charged with obstruction of justice and is scheduled to have a bail hearing Wednesday.

Another accused charged with attempted murder is Kyle William Nichol, 25, of King Street, North Sydney. He is also charged with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

He is scheduled to return to court July 31 to enter pleas to the charges.

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  • Mr_slick
    October 25, 2014 - 16:23

    So has anyone found out why they jumped this guy?