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Hearing set for man charged in connection with Northside home invasion

SYDNEY — One of the accused charged in connection with a brutal home invasion in North Sydney on Dec. 7 will return to court next month for a bail hearing on a number of charges.

Shane Hatcher, 36, of Foreman Street in North Sydney, appeared in provincial court Monday. His case was adjourned until Jan. 7 and he’s been remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre until then.

He faces two counts of assault with a weapon (a stick), one count of aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Hatcher will also be facing seven counts of breaching court imposed conditions, as well as one charge each of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.  

The other men charged in the home invasion are Connor Richard Gillis, 18, of Young Street in North Sydney, who is charged with break and enter and assault with a weapon (bear spray).

Jordan Brian Robinson, 18, of Clearyville Street in North Sydney, is charged with break and enter, assault with a weapon (bear spray) and three counts of breaching court orders.

Brian Hardy, 37, of Stanley Street is charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (a stick), and breaching a court order.

Police were first called to the Stanley Street home with a report that four men had forced their way into the home in search of a 22-year-old man who wasn’t there at the time.

It is alleged the men released bear spray into the home and then fled the scene.

As a result, two adult females and two children in the home were all treated in hospital from the effects of the bear spray.

The four men allegedly later returned to the home, found the man they were searching for, and severely beat him.

The target of the assault was first taken to hospital in North Sydney and later transferred to hospital in Halifax with extensive facial injuries.

Members of the Cape Breton Regional Police major crime unit are continuing their investigation into the case.

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