Nova Scotia

Yarmouth man has history of kidnapping, sex assault

National Parole Board documents show a Yarmouth man who's been accused of kidnapping and sexual assault has been convicted of those crimes previously.
Gordon Nickerson being lead out of Kentville provincial court Monday. (CBC)

National Parole Board documents obtained by CBC News show a Yarmouth man who was accused last week of kidnapping and sexual assault has previously been convicted of similar charges.

Gordon Frank Nickerson, 35, now faces a total of 12 charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault, after two women from Wedgeport reported last week they were kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a man who was wielding a weapon.

Shortly after they began their investigation on Feb. 29, police received a 911 call from one of the missing women. They were located after a three-car collision in New Minas.

Nickerson was ordered Monday to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

2006 conviction

The parole documents say Nickerson broke into a woman's home in June 2005, confronted her at gunpoint and then took her into a nearby woods where he sexually assaulted her.

"The victim required ... surgery to repair a broken jaw, broken hand, concussion and other injuries suffered during the various assaults at your hands."

He was convicted in 2006 on charges of kidnapping, unlawful confinement and sexual assault, according to the parole documents.

"You are overly possessive and controlling in your intimate relationships and have used excessive violence when disappointed or rejected by your partner."

The parole board assessed Nickerson as a moderate risk to re-offend.

"You have a history of domestic violence and involving yourself in volatile and violent relationships with women."

Just last year, Nickerson lost release privileges because he failed to tell his parole officer about his relationship with a woman.

That was a condition of his release.

He was also supposed to tell the woman about his prior criminal history — which he didn't.

He's due back in court later this month after his psychiatric assessment is completed.