PORT HAWKESBURY: Two men facing weapon charges following a home invasion remain in custody.

On March 8, Morgan Herney, 20, and Victor Herney, 23, of Eskasoni, appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court with each facing a charge of assault with a weapon, robbery with use of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, forcible entry, and unlawfully in a dwelling-house. Victor Herney also faces a charge of breaching conditions.

Morgan Herney was denied bail and is set for a preliminary inquiry in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on April 11. In the matter of Victor Herney, the crown opposed bail and the accused consented to remand. Victor Herney is set to return to Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on May 4 and 5 for trial.

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Both were arrested in relation to an incident in D’Escousse in March. At 1:09 a.m. on March 5, two men entered a home on Highway 320 where one of the residents was assaulted by being struck with a firearm and two shots were fired inside the residence, causing damage. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of his injuries and was later released. The victim, his fiancée, adult son and adult daughter were present but no other injuries occurred. Police stated the victim and the suspects knew each other.

The release from the RCMP stated the suspects left the scene in a vehicle later found in a ditch. RCMP, with the aid of a police dog, pursed the suspects who fled on foot. One suspect was located at 5:25 a.m. and the other at 9:44 a.m. Police took both into custody without incident.