A Bay St. Lawrence man, who was the subject of a three-day manhunt in Meat Cove last week, made a brief appearance in Sydney provincial court on Monday.
The matter was adjourned until Wednesday at the request of the defence and Perry Daniel MacKinnon, 34, was remanded pending the upcoming court appearance.
MacKinnon is facing eight charges in conjunction with the manhunt including two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm knowing possession was unauthorized, two counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited and two breaches of conditions.
He is also facing 24 other charges which were previously before the court, including unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, being an occupant of a vehicle and knowing a firearm was in the vehicle, careless use of a firearm, weapon and ammunition, possession of a firearm while prohibited, and knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
A total of 17 charges will be before the court when he returns for a bail hearing on Wednesday and he will face a status hearing on the remaining charges.
According to RCMP, on Jan. 18 MacKinnon fled from a house in Meat Cove, Inverness County, with a gun as police arrived to arrest him on multiple warrants. MacKinnon was wanted on a warrant issued by the Sydney provincial court for failing to attend court in August.
A significant number of RCMP officers were part of the manhunt in the Meat Cove area. A helicopter with infrared technology and a plane were also used in the search.
RCMP asked residents to minimize their time out of their houses as much as possible during the manhunt and all vehicles going in and out of the community were being stopped.
The community was helpful in providing tips, according to the RCMP.
RCMP expressed concern for MacKinnon’s wellbeing as he fled wearing only a camouflage jacket and track pants. Temperatures had dipped to as low as -7 C at night with a wind chill of -13 C.
MacKinnon turned himself into RCMP on Jan. 18 at 10:30 p.m., without incident.
RCMP also arrested a 49-year-old Meat Cove man last week in relation to the search for MacKinnon. The man was later released from custody. On Monday, RCMP said no charges have been filed against the Meat Cove man but the investigation in relation to obstruction of justice is continuing.
Sharon-Montgomery-Dupe is a breaking news and enterprise reporter at the Cape Breton Post.