Nova Scotia

Pair plead not guilty in violent Upper Sackville home invasion

Two of three men charged in a violent home invasion in Upper Sackville have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Third suspect in case struck immunity deal with Crown to testify in Jimmy Melvin Jr. murder trial

Two of three men charged in a violent home invasion in Upper Sackville have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Clinton James Christie and Jason Matthew Halsey appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Thursday morning. They face a slew of charges, including robbery, assault, kidnapping and escaping lawful custody.

The charges relate to an incident on June 8 in which a 48-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 13 year old were tied up in their home. No one was hurt and the victims managed to free themselves and call police.

The two men will return to court next month to discuss the next steps in the case and it could be some time before they head to trial.

Both men have requested to appear by video to avoid having to be transported from the jails where they're being held.

The third suspect in this case, Derek Thomas MacPhee, has had all the charges against him dropped. He struck an immunity deal with the Crown and agreed to testify in the murder case against notorious Nova Scotia crime figure Jimmy Melvin Jr.

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