Sydney home invasion suspect wanted by police has B.C. manslaughter conviction

A man from Sydney who served time in B.C. for his role in a double homicide is the subject of a Canada-wide warrant related to a home invasion.

Justin Andrew MacKinnon accused of home invasion, assault with a weapon, uttering threats

A 30-year-old Cape Breton man who served time for manslaughter related to a 2008 British Columbia double homicide is now wanted by police for a home invasion just outside Sydney last week. 

Cape Breton Regional Police say Justin Andrew MacKinnon faces charges of home invasion, assault with a weapon and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

Police said in a news release that officers were called to a home on Keltic Drive in Point Edward at 1:50 a.m. on Feb. 18. A man in the house was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has now been issued for MacKinnon. He is six feet tall, weighs about 220 pounds, has blond hair, blue eyes and a light complexion. Police said he is known to be violent and could be dangerous.

Manslaughter conviction

In November 2013, MacKinnon was sentenced to seven years, less five years for time already served in custody, after pleading guilty to manslaughter in British Columbia Supreme Court.

His plea related to the shooting death of a man and woman at their home in Mission, B.C. Guthrie MacKay, 33, died at the scene. His girlfriend, Lisa Dudley, 37, survived her wounds for four days while tied to a chair, but died within an hour of being discovered by a neighbour.

An RCMP officer who responded to a neighbour's report of gunshots on the day of the incident did not even get out of his car. He reported that everything appeared fine and drove away. He was later reprimanded for disgraceful conduct.

MacKinnon was one of four men accused of the crime. He was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder, but eventually pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. 

Cape Breton Regional Police ask anyone with information about MacKinnon's whereabouts to contact them at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.


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