Saint John resident acquitted of murder stabbed to death

Saint John resident acquitted of murder is stabbed to death

Justin David Breau, acquitted in 2020 of a charge of unpremeditated murder, was found stabbed in an apartment held up by three masked men, police say of St. John.

The Saint John Police Service, New Brunswick, is investigating the homicide of Justin David Breau, who was himself found not guilty of murder following a trial two years ago. /p>

Officers, police say, responded to a property on Charles Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of a knife attack.

According to the police department, three masked men wearing dark clothes forced their way into an apartment. Justin Breau, 39, was stabbed inside. The attackers then fled on foot in the direction of Garden Street.

Justin Breau received first aid at the scene and was taken to hospital where his death took place. confirmed, police say.

Police have launched a search in the area of ​​Charles, Garden, Hazen and Coburg streets, but no arrests have been made.

Forensic Identification Services and the City Police Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation.

Investigators are asking any witnesses and anyone with photographs or videos taken in the area on August 17, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., to contact the municipal police at 506 648-3333.

People can also contact the anonymous Crime Stoppers service at 1-800-222-8477.

Justin David Breau was found not guilty in December 2020 of the 2019 West End shooting death of Mark Shatford.

Justin Breau was charged with second degree murder. He admitted that he had shot Mark Shatford, but he said it was a gesture of self-defense during an attempted robbery.

Justin's lawyer Breau had described the whole thing as a drug scam gone wrong. His client was acquitted.

With information from CBC

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