SYDNEY — Two Cape Breton men facing charges of second-degree murder and being an accessory after the fact are facing additional charges including armed robbery.
Robert Edwin Matheson, 46, of Sixth Street, Glace Bay, is already charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of 21-year-old Laura Catherine Jessome in May 2012.
Jessome's body was found inside a hockey bag along the shores of the Mira River. Matheson is alleged to have aided in the disposal of the body.
During a brief court appearance Tuesday, charges of armed robbery and robbery were filed against Matheson.
He is alleged to have used a shotgun and pistol to rob a Sydney jewelry store on May 11, 2012, and with robbing the Sydney River branch of the CIBC on May 9, 2012.
Meanwhile, Matheson did plead guilty Tuesday to a charge of refusing the breathalyzer and was fined $1,400 and had his licence suspended for one year. In lieu of the fine, Matheson, who remains on remand, can serve 18 days in default.
He is now scheduled to return to court Oct. 9 to enter a plea on the accessory charge.
Also facing additional charges is Thomas Ted Barrett, 38, of Glace Bay, who is scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday.
Barrett is also facing charges of armed robbery and robbery in connection with the same incidents as Matheson.
He is also charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
In addition to the Jessome death, he is charged in connection with the 2006 death of 21-year-old Brett Elizabeth McKinnon.
Another accused charged in the Jessome murder and with robbing the jewelry store and bank, Morgan McNeil of Glace Bay, is also scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday.
Two other men charged with being accessories will make court appearances at a later date.