Sydney man pleads guilty to strangling boyfriend

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SYDNEY — A 46-year-old Sydney man has pleaded guilty in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to second-degree murder in the August 2012 strangulation death of his live-in boyfriend.
 
 

In an agreed statement of facts, Charles Jack Wheeliker of Townsend Street, choked his partner, Troy Francis Johnson, 35, originally from North Sydney, in a drunken rage.

Both had consumed alcohol and prescription drugs on the night of Aug. 17, 2012, when an argument broke out between the two men in their apartment.

Wheeliker accused Johnson of staying in contact with a woman Johnson previously dated.

He accused Johnson of receiving text messages from the ex-girlfriend over the course of the evening.

The argument became a physical altercation later that night, the court heard.

Due to Johnson’s intoxicated state, Wheeliker was able to place a belt around Johnson’s neck and pulled it tighter every time Johnson’s phone would signal an incoming text message.

He then went next door and told his neighbour he had left the apartment for a short time only to return to find Johnson unconscious on the floor.

When questioned by police the next day, Wheeliker provided investigators with a complete account of the Johnson’s death.

The sentencing hearing begins on Dec. 17. Wheeliker remains on remand at the Cape Breton Correctional Centre.

With second-degree murder, Wheeliker is automatically sentenced to 25 years.

However, the judge sets parole eligibility criteria anywhere between 10 to 25 years, based on aggravating and mitigating factors in the case.

Organizations: Cape Breton Correctional Centre

Geographic location: Sydney, Townsend Street, North Sydney

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