ST. MARY'S – Boat-ramming, assault and uttering threats -- these are among serious incidents alleged to have occurred in relation to a fishing dispute in the Ecum Secum area of the District of St. Mary's last week. As a result, charges have been laid against four men.
Guysborough District RCMP responded to a complaint of one fishing boat being deliberately rammed by another early on May 13. Although no one was hurt, one fishing boat was damaged.
Following the initial investigation, police have determined that the dispute which led to this incident stemmed from recent changes to fishing licences in the area, although all parties involved were fishing legally. The RCMP has arrested the suspect in this incident and he was later released from custody. He is facing charges of Mischief Causing Danger to Life and Uttering Threats and is scheduled to attend Antigonish Provincial Court on August 15.
On May 14 at 7:54 p.m., Guysborough District RCMP responded to a complaint of an assault of a man by another man. Police believe this event is related to the boat ramming event, and three people have been arrested in relation to the incident. The victim sustained injuries requiring transport to hospital.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Ecum Secum a short time later. He was held in custody and appeared in Antigonish Provincial Court on May 15, where he was released on conditions. He is scheduled to return to court on May 30, and is facing charges of Assault Causing Bodily Harm. A second man, a 27-year-old from Beaver Dam turned himself in to the Sherbrooke Detachment on May 15, just after noon. He is also facing charges of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on September 12. He was released on conditions to have no contact with the victim. A third man, a 52-year-old from Ecum Secum is also facing a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and is scheduled to attend Antigonish Provincial Court September 5.
The RCMP would like to remind residents of the area who are connected to these incidents that they are working with partner agencies and members of the fishing community in order to resolve these matters. People are asked to report crimes to the police and not to engage in vigilante justice. The RCMP can be contacted by calling 1-800-803-RCMP (7267).