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Another man charged in New Year’s Eve brawl

Antigonish RCMP have laid charges against a 24-year-old Halifax man whowas arrested Monday in connection with a New Year’s Eve brawl thatresulted in the death of a Nova Scotia man.

Antigonish RCMP have laid charges against a 24-year-old Halifax man who was arrested Monday in connection with a New Year’s Eve brawl that resulted in the death of a Nova Scotia man.

Julian Frederick Chittick is charged with five weapons-related offences, uttering threats, assault with a weapon and breach of conditions.

Chittick, who earlier this month had several charges dropped against him by the Crown — including attempted murder — in connection with a shooting in Dartmouth last spring, was to make an appearance yesterday morning at Antigonish provincial court for a bail hearing, but it was eventually put over until today.

Antigonish RCMP spokesman Sgt. Tony Perry noted Chittick’s charges aren’t related to the homicide of Jonathan Beaton, a 25-year-old from Southside Harbour, Antigonish Co.

Police say Beaton was stabbed to death at the same house party after a major brawl broke out, which injured four people.

“The charges laid against Chittick are in relation to events that took place that night at 123 College St., but are not in direct relation to Jonathan Beaton,” Perry said.

“If you were to look at the information (of the charges), it would have other people’s names attached to it.”

Chittick was one of two people from HRM arrested in connection with this incident Monday. The other was an 18-year-old Dartmouth male, who has been released on an undertaking for assault and will appear in Antigonish court March 31.

Earlier this month, police charged Christopher David Fordham of Antigonish with attempted murder, aggravated assault and two counts of assault causing bodily harm in the case.