Gay Nova Scotia man left paralyzed after violent attack

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia that left a 27-year-old-man paralyzed from the waist down.

New Glasgow police Const. Ken MacDonald said Shane Edward Matheson of Trenton, N.S. is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, in the violent attack on Scott Jones early Saturday morning.

Police on a routine patrol spotted Jones laying near an intersection.

Jones had been stabbed twice in the back and his throat was slashed.

The stabbing severed Jones’ spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed. Friends and family say they believe he was targeted because he’s gay.

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“In our mind, he was targeted that evening out of all of us,” said friend Amy Punke. “The throat is okay, it’s very superficial. He was stabbed twice in the back and his spinal cord was severed when that happened.”

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Jones was taken to a nearby hospital and later airlifted to a Halifax hospital.

MacDonald says Jones is in critical, but stable condition.

The major crime unit is investigating.

With files from the Canadian Press

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