Accused in St. Stephen murder had made undertaking to stay away from victim
Published Thursday, December 27, 2018 1:51PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, December 27, 2018 6:53PM AST
The New Brunswick RCMP have charged a 55-year-old man with killing a 52-year-old St. Stephen woman and breaching an undertaking to stay away from her home.
Irving John Hastey of Little Ridge, N.B., appeared in Saint John Provincial Court on Thursday and was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Crystal Ann Tracey.
Police say they responded to a home on Schoodic Street in St. Stephen on Monday following a report of a dispute.
Officers arrived at the scene and found the body of a 52-year-old woman along with a 55-year-old man from Little Ridge, N.B., who was unresponsive.
Neighbour Mark Marimon has lived on Schoodic Street for nine years says it's a relatively quiet neighbourhood.
“We didn't know that there was anything wrong until the next day when we got up and saw the crime tape and all the police cars,” Marimon said.
Police say the man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The man was released from hospital on Wednesday and arrested.
Court documents show that Hastey was also charged with a breach of an undertaking that required him to have "no contact, directly or indirectly with Crystal Tracey by any means" except for "the sole purpose of dealing with children and family matters."
The incident has left Marimon concerned.
"It's something that happens everywhere, you know, but usually it doesn't hit this close to home,” he said.
Hastey has been remanded into custody and will return to Saint John Provincial Court on January 14, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Lyall and The Canadian Press.