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Sydney man and woman charged with murder make first court appearances

Murder accused Jessica Anne MacDonald, 33, of Rotary Drive, Sydney, makes her way out a sheriff van Tuesday and into the Sydney Justice Centre for her first court appearance. MacDonald and Joey Frederick Evong, 37, are both charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 41-year-old Stephen Richard Rose on Nov. 5 inside an apartment at Rotary Park.
Murder accused Jessica Anne MacDonald, 33, of Rotary Drive, Sydney, makes her way out a sheriff van Tuesday and into the Sydney Justice Centre for her first court appearance. MacDonald and Joey Frederick Evong, 37, are both charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 41-year-old Stephen Richard Rose on Nov. 5 inside an apartment at Rotary Park. - SaltWire File Photo
SYDNEY, N.S. —

Two people charged with first-degree murder made brief provincial court appearances Tuesday with both being remanded until later this month.

Joey Frederick Evong, 37, of Sydney, and Jessica Anne MacDonald, 33, of Rotary Drive, Sydney, are charged in connection with the death of 41-year-old Stephen Richard Rose, of Alexandra Street, Sydney.

Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose

Rose was found deceased Nov. 5 inside a Rotary Park apartment on Rotary Drive.

Cape Breton Regional Police reported that MacDonald was arrested in New Waterford on Nov. 8 while Evong was arrested the following day.

Police were called to the scene of a suspicious death at an apartment complex Tuesday night. The remains were sent for an autopsy under the direction of the provincial medical examiner’s office.

Police said investigators and forensic identification officers, in conjunction with the medical examiner, collected evidence through multiple search warrants and witness interviews.

Appeared in court via video

Joey Evong has been charged with the first-degree murder of Stephen Richard Rose.
Joey Evong has been charged with the first-degree murder of Stephen Richard Rose.

Evong appeared in court via video from the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

He has been ordered to have no contact with 13 individuals while on remand. He is now to return to court Nov. 26.

MacDonald did appear in person and was remanded until Nov. 27. She also is to have no contact with 13 people. Both accused are prohibited from contacting each other.

As MacDonald was leaving the court, some families members and friends of Rose shouted at her.

Given the nature of the charge, both accused will have bail hearings in Supreme Court should they decide to pursue release.

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