Woodstock Provincial Court: Bail denied in kidnapping case, charges mount for Woodstock man

by | Nov 8, 2023

Bull denied bail on charges of kidnapping, pointing a firearm 

Jeffrey Richard Bull, 45, of Newburg, was denied bail when he appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 6. He returns to court in custody for plea on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Bull and Ryan Michael Fitzherbert, 28, of Woodstock, were each charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and multiple firearm offences following an incident involving a female victim on Oct. 15 in Pembroke. Bull faces 14 charges, while Fitzherbert faces seven. 

Bull was charged with kidnapping, unlawful confinement, pointing a firearm at another person, assault while threatening to use a weapon, possession of a firearm (a shotgun) to commit an offence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a firearm while prohibited, flight from police, dangerous driving, resisting arrest, careless use of a firearm, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, and breach of probation. He was remanded and ordered to have no contact with the complainant or his co-accused. 

Fitzherbert was charged with kidnapping while using a firearm, unlawful confinement, possession of a firearm without a licence, unauthorized possession of a firearm, being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a firearm, breach of probation, and breach of a release order. 

Fitzherbert appeared in custody by video for his bail hearing on Oct. 20 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He returns to court for plea on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

Fitzherbert is scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on June 17, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other separate charges. 

He was charged by RCMP with improper storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, and possession of a prohibited weapon (a switchblade knife) in connection with an incident on Dec. 10, 2021, in Jacksonville. He will also stand trial at the Court of King’s Bench on April 15-17, 2024, on drug trafficking charges.

Sentencing decision reserved in assault case

Garett Andrew Bright, 33, of Greenfield, appeared for sentencing in provincial court on Nov. 7 after pleading guilty to several charges laid by RCMP. 

After hearing submissions from the crown and defence counsel, Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean reserved his decision on sentence until Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.

Bright pleaded guilty to assault involving a female victim on April 12, 2022, in Greenfield; guilty to mischief causing property damage to a car and breach of an undertaking on Oct. 25, 2022, at Beechwood; and guilty to breach of an undertaking between May 13-21, 2022, at Perth-Andover. The crown withdrew another charge of sexual assault.

Crown Prosecutor Derek Weaver recommended Bright receive a four-month conditional sentence of house arrest or jail time for his crimes and two years of probation. Bright had no prior criminal record.

Defence Counsel Emily Cochrane asked the court to consider a conditional discharge for her client, explaining he was suffering from mental health issues at the time of the offences. 

Bright appeared in court in custody in October and was remanded for a bail hearing the next day. He was released from custody with conditions. 

Jacksonville man remanded for bail hearing

Shayne Everett Cameron, 30, of Jacksonville, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 7 to answer new charges laid by RCMP. 

He was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on Oct. 31. His bail hearing was scheduled for Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.

Cameron was charged with breach of an undertaking on Sept. 28, and uttering threats and assaulting another man on Oct. 28 at Greenfield. He was also charged with breach of a no-contact order and obstructing police on Nov. 4 at Perth-Andover.

At an earlier court appearance, Cameron was also charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats for incidents between Sept. 8 and Sept. 13 in Woodstock and possession of stolen property on April 11 in Woodstock. The matters were adjourned for plea until his next court appearance.

He also appeared in provincial court in September and pleaded not guilty to two other charges laid by RCMP. His trial date was set for July 4, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. A monitoring date was also scheduled for April 2, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

Cameron was charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and possession of a firearm while prohibited concerning an incident on Jan. 24 at Juniper. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Sept. 19.

Held for bail hearing

Brittany Francis, 34, of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 7 and was remanded to jail. She returns to court in custody by video for a bail hearing on Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. 

RCMP charged Francis with breach of a release order and mischief causing damage to an ankle bracelet in connection with an incident on Sept. 20 at Neqotkuk. Multiple warrants were issued for her arrest.

She appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on July 14 and was released with conditions. She was charged with breach of a release order and pleaded guilty. She failed to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 16.

She also appeared in custody on June 19 after being arrested on a warrant. 

RCMP charged Francis with shoplifting at the Maliseet Gas Bar in Neqotkuk on June 30, 2022, and two counts of failing to appear in court on Oct. 11, 2022, and again on April 25. She pleaded guilty to the theft and one count of failing to attend court.

Arrest warrant issued

The court issued an arrest warrant for Brian Vrieze, 53, of Debec, after failing to appear for provincial court trial on Nov. 6.

Vrieze pleaded not guilty in December to possessing a firearm without a license, a Savage 223 rifle, concerning a Nov. 18, 2021, incident at Limestone and not guilty to possessing methamphetamine on April 24, 2021, in Woodstock. 

Upper Woodstock woman remanded

Brittany Priscilla King, 27, of Upper Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody on Nov. 6 and was remanded to jail. She returns to court in custody for a bail hearing on Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

King was charged with three counts of assault, theft and breaking into a dwelling house for a recent incident in Woodstock. 

She is also scheduled to appear for trial in provincial court on March 25, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., and April 3, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to other charges laid by Woodstock Police. A pre-trial conference was also set for Jan. 15, 2024, at 9:30 a.m.

King was charged by Woodstock Police with possession of a stolen vehicle on Nov. 22, 2022, and failing to attend court on Feb. 21. She was also charged with assaulting a police officer, committing mischief, and resisting arrest for another incident on Nov. 7, 2022, in Woodstock. She appeared in court in custody on March 28 and was released with conditions. 

Hartland man to enter plea

Dylan Rideout, 25, of Hartland, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m. for plea on three charges laid by RCMP.

Rideout was charged with uttering threats involving a female victim, possession of a firearm without a licence and careless use of a firearm (a shotgun) concerning an incident on Aug. 9 at Cloverdale. He made his first court appearance on Nov. 7.

In custody awaiting plea

Christian Mario Albert, 37, of Grand Falls, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. in custody by video for plea on two charges laid by RCMP.

Albert was charged with breaking into the Save Easy in Plaster Rock and breaching curfew following an incident on Sept. 10. He appeared in court in custody by video on Nov. 7 when the matter was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel. The court heard he was being held in custody on other matters.

Charges mount for Woodstock man       

Myles Andrew Dymond, 49, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 7 for plea on several charges laid by Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

On Tuesday, Dymond was charged with breach of a no-contact order and breach of an emergency intervention order for an incident on Sept. 17-18 in Woodstock. 

He first appeared in provincial court in custody on Aug. 28 and was released with conditions. He was charged with breach of an undertaking by failing to abide by a no-contact order following an incident on Aug. 26 in Woodstock.

On Sept. 19, he faced charges of assault on a female victim on March 26 at Bedell, uttering threats on June 18 in Woodstock, and breach of a no-contact order between Aug. 19 and Aug. 21 in Woodstock. 

Dymond was released on an undertaking to have no contact with the complainant. He was also prohibited from the use of firearms. 

Sentencing set for Upper Kintore man 

Gunner Gray of Upper Kintore appeared in provincial court on Nov. 7 and pleaded guilty to an assault charge. A sentencing date was set for Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP charged Gray with assault with a weapon (keys) involving another man in connection with an incident on June 11 at Upper Kintore. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the lesser included offence of common assault.

Agreed to peace bond

Brian Clohosy, 53, of Arthurette, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 7 to answer two charges laid by RCMP. 

Clohosy was charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment following an incident on June 26 at Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). 

He agreed to sign a 12-month peace bond, and the charges did not proceed. Under the peace bond, he must have no contact with the complainants.

More charges for Benton man

Edward Hayes Jr., 27, of Benton, appeared in provincial court on Nov. 7 to face two new charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned for plea until Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Hayes was charged with driving while prohibited and breach of probation for an incident on the Trans Canada Highway near Woodstock on July 1. 

On Oct. 19, he appeared for trial in provincial court after pleading not guilty to other charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. The trial was adjourned until July 10, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Hayes was charged by RCMP with sexual assault and unlawful confinement involving a female victim between May 18 and June 13, 2022, in Summerfield. 

Hayes was also scheduled to be sentenced on a mischief charge related to a separate incident on June 17, 2022, in Woodstock, when a holding cell was damaged. He pleaded guilty. His sentencing for this offence was adjourned until Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. 

Greenfield man awaiting plea

Dustin Arthur Hawksley, 28, of Greenfield, appeared in provincial court for plea on Nov. 7 on several charges laid by RCMP and Woodstock Police. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Hawksley appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Sept. 28 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. He was also placed under house arrest at a residence in Greenfield. 

Hawksley was charged by RCMP with break and enter at a dwelling house, two counts of assault on a female victim, and assault with a weapon (a plate) in connection with an incident on July 2 at Bloomfield. 

Woodstock Police also charged him with assaulting a female, assault by choking and breach of an undertaking for another incident on Aug. 5 in Woodstock. He was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 24. 

Hawksley was ordered to have no contact with the two complainants and must have no drugs, alcohol or firearms in his possession. He must also attend court as required.

Plea delayed for Woodstock man

Christopher James Kitchen, 44, of Beardsley Road, will appear in provincial court on Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. to answer a new charge laid by Woodstock Police. 

Kitchen was charged with breach of an undertaking. The matter was scheduled for plea on Nov. 7 but was adjourned to the new date at the request of his defence counsel.

He will also appear for trial in provincial court on April 18, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to a criminal harassment charge.

Woodstock Police charged kitchen following an incident on March 13 in Woodstock. The charge involves allegations of repeated communication with a female complainant. Kitchen entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Sept. 13. He was released on an undertaking.

Trial set on assault charge

Clay Nicholson, 27, of Woodstock, formerly of Clearview, will appear for trial in provincial court on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. after pleading not guilty to assault. He appeared in court for monitoring on Nov. 7 and advised the court he plans to represent himself during the proceedings.

Nicholson was charged by RCMP with assault involving a female victim in connection with an incident on Sept. 15 at Green Road. He entered his not-guilty plea at a court appearance on Oct. 17. 

Trial date set for Moncton man

Ryley Smith, 28, of Moncton, will appear in provincial court on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. for further monitoring about his upcoming trial. He appeared in court on Nov. 7 via teleconference when the matter was adjourned to the new date.

RCMP charged Smith with assault with a weapon (a bottle), assault involving a female victim, breach of probation, and breach of an undertaking concerning an incident on July 25 in Lower Woodstock. He pleaded not guilty, and a trial date was set for Feb. 16, 2024, at 9:30 p.m. 

Smith appeared in provincial court in custody for a bail hearing on Aug. 8 and was released with conditions. As part of his release, Smith was ordered to report to the police weekly and have no contact with the complainant. He is residing at a residence in Salisbury.

In custody awaiting plea

Morgan Nicholas, 27, of Perth-Andover, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 7 for plea on charges laid by RCMP. The matter was adjourned until Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at the request of his defence counsel.

Nicholas appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Aug. 28 for a bail hearing. He was denied bail and remanded. He was charged by RCMP with two counts of breach of a release order, resisting arrest, uttering threats, assault, assault with a weapon, and assaulting a police officer. He was arrested on the New Brunswick Day weekend.

He also appeared in provincial court in April and pleaded not guilty to all other charges laid by RCMP. Three trials were scheduled for early next year on Feb. 1, Feb. 5, and Feb. 9, 2024. 

Nicholas pleaded not guilty to uttering threats on Oct. 18, 2022, assault and assaulting a female with a weapon on Nov. 25, 2022, breach of an undertaking and mischief causing damage to a police safety shield on Dec. 15, 2022, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 6, breach of a no-contact order on March 5, breaching his curfew on March 16, uttering threats and assaulting a police officer on Jan. 7 in Woodstock, and committing mischief on Jan. 6. All but one of the alleged incidents occurred in Perth-Andover and Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation).

Nicholas appeared in custody by video on March 7 and was released with conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was taken back into custody.

Sentencing set on multiple charges

Jacob Jinson, 24, of Woodstock, appeared in provincial court in custody by video on Nov. 7 and pleaded guilty to several charges laid by RCMP. A sentencing date was set for Dec. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Jinson pleaded guilty to breach of probation on June 19 at Glassville; guilty to breach of a release order (curfew) on Aug. 20 at Oakland; guilty to breaching a release order (ankle bracelet violation) and obstructing police on Sept. 23 at Somerville; guilty to breach of a release order (ankle bracelet violation) on Sept. 9 at Somerville; and guilty to breach of a release order (ankle bracelet violation) on July 30 at Mainstream.

Jinson also elected trial by judge and jury on charges of indictable sexual assault and unlawful confinement. His 10-day trial will be held at the Court of King’s Bench beginning on Sept. 23, 2024. A pre-trial conference is set for Dec. 18. 

Jinson appeared in custody by video on April 3. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and indictable breach of probation concerning the same incident on March 26 at Limestone. He was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle, but was later brought back into custody.

Jinson appeared in provincial court in custody on Sept. 25 for a bail hearing and was remanded to jail. 

A co-accused, Riley Cowper, 19, of Limestone, will also stand trial before a judge and jury next September on similar charges of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. 

Cowper appeared in provincial court in custody by video on April 5 for a bail hearing and was released with strict conditions, including wearing an electronic monitoring device attached to his ankle. RCMP charged him with sexual assault involving a female victim, unlawful confinement, and breach of probation in connection with an incident on March 26 at Limestone. 

Cowper will also stand trial in provincial court on Aug. 14, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. on other separate charges. RCMP charged him with assault with a weapon (a hammer and tire iron) involving another man on March 23, 2022. He pleaded not guilty at an earlier court appearance, and a trial date was first set for Oct. 30 when the trial was adjourned to the new date.

Michaud sentencing postponed to December

Walter Patrick (Ricky) Michaud, 43, of Debec, appeared in provincial court in custody by video for sentencing on Nov. 7. Associate Chief Judge Brian C. McLean reserved his decision on sentencing until Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. 

At Michaud’s earlier court appearance, Federal Crown Prosecutor Justin Hebert recommended he be sentenced to five and a half years in jail for trafficking in methamphetamine. 

The crown also requested Michaud be ordered to register with the federal DNA database and that he receive a three-year driving prohibition and a 10-year ban on firearms. Michaud had a criminal record, including one conviction for drug possession in 2016.

Crown Prosecutor Matthew Paik told the court Michaud deserved another 36 months in jail, minus time served, on the remaining 17 charges. 

Paik also requested that the accused pay $9,139 in restitution for a stolen truck. He stressed Michaud’s crimes involved both guns and drugs while also suggesting the accused was likely a poor prospect for rehabilitation.

Defence Counsel Alex Carleton argued Michaud’s trafficking was “not a sophisticated operation” and he deserved no more than 30 months in prison on the drug charge. Carleton agreed with the crown on 36 months, minus time served, for the rest of the charges, for a total of four years in prison on all counts. 

The defence also suggested the hefty restitution order for $9,139 might mean Michaud will have to lay out additional time in jail. 

Michaud was charged by RCMP with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking following an incident around midnight on March 11, 2022, in Teeds Mills. He was also charged with possession of stolen property (a 2013 Hyundai Elantra) as a result of the same incident. He pleaded not guilty, and the matter went to trial in June. He was found guilty after trial on Sept. 26.

Michaud appeared in provincial court in custody for trial on Aug. 30 and changed his plea to guilty on all other remaining charges laid against him by RCMP. 

He was denied bail and remanded to jail in October on nine charges stemming from the day of his arrest on Sept. 27, 2022, at Bull’s Creek, including possession of a firearm without a licence (a Ruger 10/22 rifle), being an occupant of a vehicle knowing it carried a loaded gun, improper transport of a firearm, possession of a firearm dangerous to the public peace, flight from police, dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer while threatening to use a weapon (a vehicle), possession of stolen property (a Dodge Ram truck), and resisting arrest. 

He was also charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon (a vehicle), flight from police, and dangerous driving on Sept. 18, 2022, in Meductic, and pleaded guilty.

Michaud also appeared in provincial court in custody on July 21 for a verdict following two other trials. He was found guilty of flight from police, dangerous driving, and possession of stolen property (a Ford 150 half-ton) for an incident on Sept. 16, 2022, in Woodstock. The charges related to a police chase in Woodstock.  

More charges included assaulting a police officer while threatening to use a weapon (a bush saw) and resisting arrest on Sept. 6, 2022, in Debec. Michaud was found guilty on both counts. 

Michaud also faced charges of assaulting a woman in Debec on Aug. 27, 2022. He was found not guilty of the assault on June 29 after the alleged victim failed to appear to testify at the trial. 

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