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Dartmouth man gets bail on break-in, assault charges stemming from bizarre incident

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DARTMOUTH, N.S. —

A Dartmouth man who faces six charges from a bizarre series of events at his Highfield Park Drive apartment building early Sunday has been granted bail with the Crown’s consent.

Police allege Michael Bradley Butler, 43, was naked, impaired by drugs and committing an assault when he was arrested in someone else’s apartment at about 1:35 a.m.

Butler appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Monday on two charges of assault and single counts of break and enter, property mischief, causing a disturbance and breaching an undertaking to a police officer.

Judge Jean Whalen released Butler on a $1,000 bail order with no deposit.

Butler, who lives on the third floor of the building, must stay away from the fourth floor and another unit on his floor. The bail order also prohibits him from possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs without a prescription, having any weapons and having contact with four people.

Halifax Regional Police were first called to the building Sunday morning about a man who was reportedly causing a disturbance by screaming. Butler was arrested and released on an undertaking to an officer to have no contact with two residents of the building.

Police returned to the building a short time later after receiving multiple reports of a break-in in progress. A naked man had allegedly forced his way into an apartment and assaulted a male tenant who had confronted him.

After subduing the assailant and taking him into custody, officers learned fire equipment cases in the building had been damaged and a woman had been assaulted on another floor.

The man and woman who had been assaulted were treated by paramedics for minor injuries, police said.

Butler is scheduled to return to court in February.

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