Wedneday, January 3rd, 2007
Charge laid in Homicide
By Sean Kelly
The News (http://ngnews.ca)
|Investigators remove the body of Jamie Walsh from a residence on Temperance Street. A charge of second degree murder was laid by New Glasgow police last night. (Sean Kelly, The News)|
NEW GLASGOW – Police laid a murder charge on Tuesday, in what is believed to be the first instance of homicide in New Glasgow in 15 years.
Matthew Craig Anderson, 25, of New Glasgow, was charged with second degree murder last night.
He will appear in court today for a remand hearing. Another suspect taken into custody was released.
Yesterday morning, the body of 21-year-old Jamie Walsh was removed from an apartment building at 175 Temperance Street.
Police initially called her death suspicious, based on evidence collected at the scene of the crime.
"At this point in time, New Glasgow Police Service is calling this a homicide," said Const. Ken MacDonald.
The 9-11 call, which led New Glasgow, its emergency response team and Stellarton police to the scene came in at 7:13 p.m. Monday evening.
Walsh was pronounced dead when police arrived, MacDonald said.
Further investigation led police to a residence on Nelson Street, where they arrested a male and a female in a basement apartment there.
There, police also recovered the victim's infant daughter. In order to do so, they executed an emergency search warrant.
Police could not confirm any relationship between the victim and the arrested individuals, although the male is believed to be the father of the victim's child.
Rose Williams lives in the apartment downstairs from where police recovered the victim's body.
She said she arrived home following work Monday night to police and emergency vehicles outside the building, police tape wound around the building's perimeter.
Williams wasn't able to enter the home until police verified her identity.
She was shocked when she heard the news, "I was overwhelmed. I couldn't even put on the teapot," she said.
Williams said she knew the victim, as an acquaintance, and helped out at times with their pet cats. She added that she believed the victim had lived there for less than a year.
"I just couldn't believe it," she said.