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BIBLE HILL – A man in his 60’s was treated for injuries and released after being beaten by four men on Sept. 17, say RCMP.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Sept. 17, a man arrived in a vehicle in the driveway of another man in Bible Hill, and a verbal argument started. Three more men arrived in another vehicle, and one had a pipe in his hand. The man who lived at the home said he didn’t want any trouble and ran into a garage. The man with the pipe smashed the glass in the garage door.

A neighbour, a 69-year-old man who lives in the area, heard the commotion and yelled at the four suspects to leave. According to the RCMP’s press release, the suspects approached the neighbour, and two of them held him while the other two men beat him with their fists and the pipe. He fell to the ground and was knocked unconscious. A woman saw this happening and called 911.

Workers on a neighbouring property came to the victim’s defence and at that time the four suspects got back into their vehicles and left the area. The RCMP located the two vehicles a short time later and arrested the four suspects. The pipe was retrieved.

The 69-year-old victim was taken to hospital via EHS where he was treated and released. The first man who was approached by the four suspects was not injured.

The four suspects were held in custody overnight and appeared in provincial court on Sept. 18:

  • Craig Hollis Bessette, 32, of Truro, has been charged with three counts of assault causing bodily harm.
  • William James Desjardins, 27, of Shortts Lake, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon (brass knuckles) fora¬† dangerous purpose, and possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles).
  • Shawn Kenneth Banfield, 34, from Lantz, has been charged with assault with a weapon, mischief, and possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence.
  • Stephen Guy Lively, 32, from Shubenacadie, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and mischief.

All four have been remanded and are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 19. The investigation into this incident is ongoing.