More charges laid after baseball bat attack in Millbrook
A Nova Scotia woman accused of attacking two men with a baseball bat has been granted bail but she is facing more criminal charges.
Robin Tomah, 45, was taken into police custody early Sunday morning after an incident at a home in Millbrook, Nova Scotia.
Police say someone smashed the windows of two vehicles in the driveway around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, the noise alerting residents.
When they came to investigate, someone with a baseball bat was waiting for them and struck the two men in the head.
One man was homeowner Jason Brooks, who suffered a fractured skull in the attack. The second was Barry Martin, an RCMP officer who was off duty at the time.
"The accused was on the scene upon our arrival of our members and was arrested without incident," Millbrook RCMP Sgt. Don Daigle said Monday.
Tomah was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of mischief for allegedly damaging the cars and one count of using a bat as a dangerous weapon, and more charges were laid today.
"Two new charges were laid this morning with respect to the same investigation," said Daigle. "Those charges are assault with a weapon."
CTV News has learned one of Tomah's alleged victims was charged with assault after he allegedly attacked her son Alex Cope at the same location back in May.
"He was jumped pretty bad," says Matthew Cope, Tomah's other son. "He was sent to the QE II. He had to get reconstructive surgery to his face and he had a bone fracture in the back of his head."
Court documents show Jason Brooks was charged with assaulting Tomah's son and Cope says the incident upset his mother in particular, given what she went through ten years ago.
Tomah was the victim of a notorious crime when two people poured gasoline on her and set her on fire back in 2001. Tomah received extensive burns to her upper body, face, neck, hands and arms in the attack which made national headlines.
"When she heard of Aaron's assault she was in fear and she didn't want to see him," says Matthew Cope. "So her being a victim from the past herself, it really scares her to see this stuff happen."
The Millbrook Band Council sent a letter to local RCMP in August, expressing their concern over activity at Brooks' home. The letter expressed their fear that someone may be seriously injured.
The letter was written by administrator Alex Cope, who is also Tomah's ex-husband and Alex Cope's father.
In a written response, the Mounties said they needed specific complaints from people who were willing to speak with police.
Daigle would not discuss the letter, but he said more charges could still be laid.
"With the status of the investigation still ongoing, we will not preclude any additional charges," he said.
Tomah's next court appearance is set for November 16 for election and plea. Brooks will be in court to face his assault charge in March 2012.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan MacIntosh