Accused in East Dalhousie weapons incident to undergo fitness assessment

Nancy Kelly
Published on September 3, 2014
Kentville Justice Centre

A Dartmouth man facing a series of weapons charges following a late August incident in rural south-west Kings County will undergo a mental fitness assessment before his case proceeds.

Kings District RCMP responded to the village of East Dalhousie on the evening of Aug. 28 after witnesses reported hearing shots fired from within a nearby cabin. The RCMP Emergency Response team was called in and, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Kris Ronald Watts was taken into custody.

The 52-year-old faces charges of using a firearm in a careless manner; possessing a firearm, a rifle, without holding the necessary licence; two counts of willfully damaging an individual's property to a value not exceeding $5,000 and possessing a weapon - a 30-30 rifle and a 30.06 rifle - for a purpose dangerous to the public peace.

Watts, who has been in custody since his arrest, appeared in Kentville provincial court  Sept. 2. A request from the crown for a fitness assessment to determine Watt’s criminal responsibility was approved by the defense and the judge. A hearing was scheduled for Sept. 29.

Watts will remain in custody until that date.