‘There’s been a huge support:’ Thousands raised for homeless assault victim, five people in custody

Haley Ryan jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on July 21, 2014


A homeless man from Cape Breton remains in hospital with serious injuries after an assault left him battered last Monday, but an outpouring of support from people across Nova Scotia and beyond has resulted in thousands of dollars raised for the 48-year-old.

July 20, Cape Breton Regional Police confirmed Shawn Curtis Jack was still in hospital with head and other injuries, and there had been “no change” in his condition.

Jack was found bloodied and bruised in the parking lot of the Atlantic Superstore in North Sydney shortly before midnight on July 14.

Police said Gordon William Bobbitt, 47, and James Darren Clarke, 34, are the latest to face charges and were arrested July 19.

Both men face charges of obstruction of justice, and will appear in Sydney provincial court on Monday.

A residence in North Sydney was also searched, and police found a wrench and a bandana, which are both believed to have been used in the attack.

A crowdfunding campaign set up to raise money for Jack and his dog had bypassed $16,000 as of midday July 20. 

“There’s been a huge support from it,” said Staff Sgt. Ken O’Neill. “That’s a good thing and … we’re focused on the investigation.”

Police continue to look for Cory Blinkhorn after issuing a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest, and O’Neill said anyone with information on his whereabouts should cooperate with police.

The 22-year-old North Sydney man is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and wearing a disguise (a bandana) in committing an offence.

Police have also charged Kyle William Nichol, Jennifer Lynn MacLeod, and a 16-year-old girl with aggravated assault, wearing a disguise in committing an offence and two counts of breaching court orders.

Nichol also faces an attempted murder charge.