[Editor's note - 5:08 p.m.: Since the initial posting, we have learned the publication ban does not include the accused's identity. Our story has been updated accordingly.]
A 41-year-old Antigonish man charged with two counts of attempted murder has been sent for a 30-day psychiatric assessment.
On Thursday morning (July 26), in Port Hawkesbury provincial court, a judge issued that order.
The charges against Shajev Thomas stem from an alleged incident that took place early Wednesday morning (July 25), at 87 Brookland Street in Antigonish.
At 8:30 a.m., the Antigonish District RCMP responded to a 911 call of a woman who had been injured, stating that a man tried to stab her and a three-year-old child in the home at that address. At the time of the call, the woman was at a neighbour's home, with the child, and the man was still inside the residence.
When police arrived, they located the woman and child, who were both injured. They were taken, by ambulance, to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. Both are expected to recover.
A short time later, RCMP members discovered Thomas, outside the home, and arrested him without incident.
The police investigation continues.
The next court appearance for Thomas is scheduled for Aug. 24, also in Port Hawkesbury.