Second-degree murder charge withdrawn in East Stewiacke death

A second-degree murder charge against a Stewiacke teen has been withdrawn by the Crown in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Truro.

Crown attorney Rick Hartlen made the motion to withdraw the indictment Tuesday morning, which was granted by Justice Jeffrey Hunt.

Forty-six-year-old Daniel Handrahan died last August 18th following an early morning altercation outside a Stewiacke home.

The accused was seventeen at the time of the incident and cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Speaking with the media outside the courtroom, Hartlen said that after reviewing the evidence there wasn't a reasonable prospect of a conviction in this case.

Hartlen agreed when asked if some elements of the incident appeared to be self-defence.

He said the death arose from a fairly volatile situation and was not pre-meditated.

Hartlen says there was no consideration of a lesser charge as the same factors that led to the withdrawal of the second-degree murder charge would still be in play.

He says this incident is a tragedy, adding there are better methods to deal with disputes, even of a volatile nature, than taking the matter into your own hands.