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Attempted murder charge against Lower Sackville man, Dartmouth man discharged


WINDSOR, NS - An attempted murder charge against two men, one from Lower Sackville and one from Dartmouth, has been discharged following a preliminary inquiry.

Richard George Mahar, 36, of Dartmouth, and Brandon David Smith, 30, of Lower Sackville, were charged with attempting to murder a man in Mount Uniacke by using a knife to stab and slash at him.

They’re also charged jointly with endangering a man’s life, thereby committing an aggravated assault; using violence in stealing $500 and a cell phone from a man and possessing a weapon, a knife and baseball bat, for the purpose of committing an offence.

Both elected trial by Supreme Court judge alone in August. On May 5, following a preliminary inquiry that took several days, the attempted murder charge against both was discharged.

Both were committed to stand trial in Supreme Court on the remaining charges and to a charge of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence. The matters have been adjourned to May 24 for arraignment in Supreme Court chambers.

It’s alleged that Mahar and Smith committed the offences in Mount Uniacke on Feb. 18, 2015. The charges have not been proven in court. There is a publication ban on evidence given at the preliminary inquiry.

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