Nova Scotia

Cape Breton police lay murder charge in Sydney Mines death

Cape Breton Regional Police were called to Beech Street in Sydney Mines, N.S., early Tuesday morning where they discovered a man lying on the ground with serious injuries. He died later in hospital.

Police have not yet identified man found with serious injuries on Beech Street

Tyler Anthony MacNeil, now 31, is seen in a 2016 picture posted to Cape Breton Regional Police's Facebook page after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of arson and break and enter. (Cape Breton Regional Police/Facebook)

Cape Breton Regional Police have charged 31-year-old Tyler Anthony MacNeil with second-degree murder in the death of a man believed to be the victim of an early morning assault in Sydney Mines on Tuesday.

MacNeil, of Georges River, was remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre after a brief court appearance in Sydney on Wednesday.

Police spokeswoman Desiree Magnus said police were called to Beech Street in Sydney Mines around 3:30 a.m. AT where they found a man lying on the ground with serious injuries.

Officers tried to resuscitate the man before he was taken by ambulance to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney. He was later pronounced dead.

MacNeil was arrested later Tuesday with help from witnesses after being found in the area of Cambridge Street and Clyde Avenue.

Police still can't say for sure who the other man is, said Magnus.

"Currently, there are no further details we can release about the victim," she said. "The medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy and working with our investigators to confirm the identity of the victim and we do not have those details yet

However, there is no need for public concern, Magnus said.

"It does appear at this point that the victim and the accused are known to each other, so police do continue to treat this as an isolated incident, not a random attack and that there is no further risk to public safety," she said.