April sentencing in South Dundas murder

The entrance to the Cornwall, Ont. courthouse on Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL/SOUTH DUNDAS – A Nova Scotia woman will be sentenced in April for stabbing a man to death in his South Dundas home.

Beverly Thomas, 61, of Digby, N.S. was found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month.

Edward Allen, 67, was found in medical distress on Feb. 6, 2016 and died shortly after from his injuries.

Thomas had been charged with first-degree murder in September 2018 and was scheduled to go to trial this year but the trial had been postponed due to the pandemic, a court official told Cornwall Newswatch in December.

In a turn of events, court heard this month how Thomas had confessed to the killing to undercover police officers three years ago. There had been friction in the relationship, which had involved drug use, and the killing was a retaliatory act for mental and verbal abuse, according to Thomas.

Thomas will be sentenced April 1 where Judge Nathalie Champagne will decide parole eligibility.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence but parole eligibility can be set for anytime between 10 and 25 years.