John Wayne Hynes
SYDNEY — A man accused of helping to dispose of the body of Brett MacKinnon made his first appearance in court on the charge this morning.
John Wayne Hynes, 33, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Court documents state that while knowing that Thomas Ted Barrett had murdered MacKinnon, Hynes assisted Barrett in disposing of her body for the purpose of helping Barrett escape detection.
No charges against Barrett have been laid in relation to the MacKinnon murder. Barrett has also been named in court documents in relation to the murder of Laura Jessome last year but charges have not been laid against him.
MacKinnon, 21, was last seen in early June 2006 and was reported missing on July 13.
A cash reward of up to $150,000 under Nova Scotia’s rewards for major unsolved crimes program has been offered by the province for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for MacKinnon’s death.
On Nov. 21, 2008, local residents found her remains in an area known for hiking and ATV trails on the outskirts of Glace Bay.
Hynes was arrested in Halifax Monday with the help of Halifax Regional Police and was transported to Sydney this morning. He was remanded into custody and is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30.
The Cape Breton Regional Police major crime unit continues to investigate.