Friends mourn Eskasoni man who died of neglect
Marcella Marie Johnson and Peter Young charged in John Johnson's death
A 65-year-old Eskasoni man, who police say died because he wasn't receiving proper care, is being remembered by his friends as a kind and gentle man who loved to sing and dance.
Nova Scotia RCMP said John Johnson was suffering from a "number of medical issues" when he was taken to hospital on June 22. He died the same day at Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Police launched an investigation after being contacted by the medical examiner’s office.
Johnson needed daily help and he was not receiving proper care from the people responsible for him, according to the Mounties.
Lynn Marshall, Johnson's next door neighbour, said the 65-year-old man lived in a yellow bungalow with his sister, Marcella Marie Johnson.
"John was a humble man, kind, he was gentle. He was a one of a kind," said Marshall.
"Singing, dancing, cracking jokes. He will be missed."
Marcella Marie Johnson and Peter Young — another relative and paid caregiver — have both been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and criminal negligence causing death.
They were released from police custody on Thursday under several conditions, including remaining in their homes overnight and having no contact with each other except through legal counsel.
The 53-year-old woman and 56-year-old man must also abide by a curfew, turn in their passports to the RCMP and are also barred from having any animals or people under 18 in their care.
Jean Peck, John Johnson's friend, said she used to visit him but was recently stopped by his sister.
"I was surprised," she told CBC News.
"Inside his room where he was staying, the doors were locked. I said, 'I want to see John.' She said, 'No, he's sleeping.' He wasn't sleeping at all."
RCMP say many in the community are concerned about what's happened.
"It's shock, it's sadness and it's something that shouldn't have happened," said Sgt Loran Gavel.
Johnson and Young are set to return to court on Dec. 17.