Spryfield youth charged for murdering an elderly man

A male youth faces charges in connection with the homicide on Saturday night in Spryfield.

At 10:30 p.m., two women out for a walk located an injured man lying on the sidewalk of the bridge on Drysdale Road. They called for help and another man checked the injured man and determined he was in medical distress and called police. Police and EHS attended and 70-year-old Glenn Francis Oakley was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His death was ruled a homicide and investigators believe this was a random incident.

The investigation by the HRP/RCMP Integrated Major Crime Unit led to a person of interest, a 17-year-old male youth from Spryfield, being identified and arrested without incident at 10:43 p.m. on Sunday night. The investigation continued and a second person, an 18-year-old man also from Spryfield, was arrested Monday afternoon. At that time several other individuals were also arrested for obstructing officers while they were attempting to make the arrest.

As a result of the investigation, the 17-year-old male youth is scheduled to appear in Halifax Youth Court today to face charges of first degree murder, theft, possession of stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of a weapon. The 18-year-old man remains in police custody and a decision on charges has not yet been made. The four people who were arrested for obstructing the officers in the course of their duties will also be appearing in court today. They face charges ranging from obstructing police, causing a disturbance, assaulting police and resisting arrest. 

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