Jaspaul Nijjar, accused in Halifax homeless man beating, arrested
Nijjar has been arrested twice in two days
A 24-year-old Halifax man accused of beating a homeless man in broad daylight in a downtown Halifax park has been arrested for breaking the conditions of his release.
Jaspaul Nijjar was first arrested on Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m. after police received a call about an attack on a 61-year-old homeless man in Victoria Park.
The victim was treated for injuries to his face.
Nijjar was released later on Wednesday and was told to stay away from the victim and Victoria Park.
On Thursday, at approximately 6:10 p.m., police got a call that Nijjar had returned to the park and was in breach of his release conditions. He was arrested for the second time.
Nijjar was charged with breaching an undertaking and breaching probation. These charges are in addition to the assault, causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and breach of probation charges laid earlier on Thursday.
The 24-year-old man made a brief court appearance Friday morning. The Crown is opposed to his release from jail, so he will remain in custody until a bail hearing on July 9.
The attack comes eight months after the high-profile death of Harley Lawrence, the homeless man whose body was found in a burned-out bus shelter in Berwick, N.S.
Two men, Daniel Wayne Surette and Kyle David James Fredericks, have been charged with first-degree murder. They are due back in court next month to set preliminary inquiry dates.