Mi’kmaq warrior “guilty” of assaulting cop

Coady Stevens of Eskasoni, N.S., released after two months in jail

Mi'kmaq warrior Coady Stevens (with raised fist).

Mi’kmaq warrior Coady Stevens (with raised fist).

CBC/The Canadian Press, Dec 20, 2013

A 27-year-old Nova Scotia man has pleaded guilty to five charges stemming from a shale gas protest in Rexton, N.B., that erupted into violence.

Coady Stevens appeared Friday in provincial court in Moncton, N.B., where he pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police officer and two charges each of obstructing a police officer and uttering threats against an officer.

The Eskasoni man was in custody since his arrest Oct. 17 and he was sentenced to time served.

Stevens must also serve 18 months of probation and stay at least one kilometre away from any SWN Resources equipment, compound or worksite.

Not guilty pleas from two others

Two other men who were also arrested during the protest pleaded not guilty Friday.

Twenty-year-old Aaron Francis of Eskasoni pleaded not guilty to 16 charges including obstructing a police officer, assaulting a police officer and eight firearms-related offences.

Twenty-one-year-old Germain Breau of Upper Rexton, N.B., pleaded not guilty to 19 charges including assaulting a police officer and uttering threats against the police.

Both men are scheduled to return to court Dec. 30 to have dates set for their trials.


Posted on December 20, 2013, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. This leaves me wondering where all the charges are against RCMP for aiming guns at unarmed children and elders, firing upon unarmed people, and beating unarmed women in custody.

  2. Are Germain and Aaron still locked up?

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