New Minas man charged with extortion, damaging vehicle by fire

Kirk Starratt
Published on July 24, 2014
Kentville Justice Centre

A New Minas man is facing several charges after allegedly leaving a written note threatening to burn property if the property owners didn’t hand over some cash.

Jeffrey Robert Cummings, 23, is charged with leaving a written note threatening to burn a residence and vehicle belonging to two individuals with the intent of obtaining $5,000 through inducing the threat.

He faces additional charges of intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to the individual’s vehicle; watching a residence without lawful authority; prowling at night on the property; uttering a threat by leaving the note; and committing mischief by willfully damaging a vehicle valued at more than $5,000 by spray painting obscenities in the form of pictures and words.

The accused was present in Kentville provincial court on July 23. He has consented to being remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

Judge John MacDougall adjourned the matters to July 24 for a show cause hearing and election and plea.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in New Minas between July 12 and 22.