Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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The defence has closed its case at the murder trial of a Halifax man accused of killing a Montreal-born yoga instructor, with closing submissions set for Thursday.

Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Butcher has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, saying he fatally stabbed Kristin Johnston by accident on March 26, 2016.

Butcher, who was the lone defence witness, says he was sleeping at Johnston's home when he awoke to someone stabbing him in the throat with a knife and that he grabbed the knife and fought back.

During her cross-examination today, Crown lawyer Carla Ball suggested that wounds found on Butcher's neck were self-inflicted, but Butcher denied that. (The Canadian Press)



The family of a young woman sentenced to life in prison for plotting a shooting rampage at a Halifax mall say she's just a sad, lonely person who would never have carried out the murderous plan.

The parents of Lindsay Souvannarath (soo-VAH'-nah-rath) say in a letter to a Nova Scotia judge that their daughter was rejected by her peers, bullied in school and struggled with being biracial.

They say it was her loneliness and desire for friends that led to her online relationship with James Gamble, who killed himself in his Halifax-area home the day before the pair had planned to launch a Valentine's Day attack in 2015.

The Chicago-area woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and, after credit for time served in custody, will be eligible for parole in seven years. (The Canadian Press)



The New Brunswick government says it's spending 36-thousand dollars to help Paturel International establish a frozen lobster production line at its facility on Deer Island.

The province says the project will allow the company to increase production and return more employees to work.

A recent fire at the company's Northern Harbour plant severely affected its processing, packaging and storage facilities and its value-added production was eliminated. …

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