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Sydney Mines woman charged with running down and killing her former partner


SYDNEY, N.S. — A 35-year-old Sydney Mines woman charged with running down and killing her former partner is to appear in Supreme Court next month for a bail hearing.

Kimberly Ann O’Dea, of Oxford Avenue, is charged with second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death.

The charges were filed in relation to the death of Dana Marie Jessome of McKean Street, Sydney Mines, who turned 28 the day prior to being struck by a vehicle police allege was driven by O’Dea.

The two had been in a prior relationship and, at the time of her death, Jessome was under court order to have no contact with O’Dea.

According to Cape Breton Regional Police, the incident occurred at 7 a.m. July 14 on Oxford Avenue.

Jessome was first taken to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and later transferred to a facility in Halifax where she was pronounced dead.

O’Dea was arrested by police, without incident, shortly after the accident.

During a brief provincial court appearance Monday, O’Dea consented to a further remand until Aug. 2 when she is expected to appear in Supreme Court.

Only a Supreme Court justice has the authority to preside over bail hearings for those accused of murder

offences.

Prosecutor Gerald MacDonald also presented the court with a list of the names of 17 individuals with whom O’Dea is to have no contact.

Duty counsel lawyer Mike Kuna said O’Dea is very distraught over what occurred.

 

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