DARTMOUTH - The five accused in connection with a vicious stabbing that nearly claimed the life of a Cape Breton man facing charges that include two counts of second-degree murder made brief provincial court appearances Tuesday.
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Thomas Barrett leaves Sydney provincial court in this file photo.
The five are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection with a June 21 attack on Thomas Ted Barrett, 39, of Glace Bay.
The attack occurred inside the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth where all were held.
Barrett is believed to have suffered more than 40 stab wounds in addition to being kicked and punched. At one point, he was placed in an induced coma in order to reduce swelling on the brain. He continues to recover from his injuries.
The accused include another Cape Bretoner, Kevin Joseph Forrest, 19, of Sydney Mines. Also charged are Lateef Reakwon Tag-El-Din, 18, of Halifax; Daniel Angus Ryan, 21, of Halifax; Andreko Jamal Crawley, 27, of Dartmouth; Justin Joseph Thomas Cole, 24, of Dartmouth.
With the exception of Tag-El-Din, all of the accused are scheduled to return to court Aug. 12 while Tag-El-Din is expected back in court Friday for a bail hearing.
Meanwhile, an update on Barrettâ€™s condition could be provided Monday when his lawyer is expected to be in a Sydney provincial court for what is scheduled as the beginning of Barrettâ€™s preliminary hearing on two counts of armed robbery.
The preliminary is not expected to proceed given Barrettâ€™s delicate state of health.
A preliminary hearing on the second-degree murder charges is expected to proceed in November.
Barrett and co-accused Morgan James MacNeil, 23, also of Glace Bay, are charged with the second-degree murder of Laura Catherine Jessome, 21, of Bras dâ€™Or. Jessomeâ€™s body was found along the shores of the Mira River in Marion Bridge in May 2012. Barrett is facing an additional second-degree murder charge in relation to the 2006 death of 21-year Brett Elizabeth McKinnon.
The preliminary hearing on both charges is now expected to proceed from Nov. 13 to Dec. 5. A judge presiding over a preliminary hearing will determine if thereâ€™s enough evidence to send the case to trial.
The robbery charges relate to a bank and a jewelry store in Sydney and occurred in May 2012. MacNeil previously pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to a 72-month federal prison term.