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Brandon Jake Hollohan arrives at the Dartmouth courthouse last Jan. 29 to face a charge of second-degree murder. - Ryan Taplin
Brandon Jake Hollohan arrives at the Dartmouth courthouse last Jan. 29 to face a charge of second-degree murder. - Ryan Taplin

A young man from Dartmouth has been committed to stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on a charge of second-degree murder.

Brandon Jake Hollohan, 24, is accused of killing Deborah Irene Yorke, 62, at her apartment on Farthington Place in north-end Dartmouth last Jan. 21.

Hollohan, who lived on nearby Jackson Road at the time, was arrested four days later.

A three-day preliminary inquiry was held this week in Dartmouth provincial court. Judge Jean Whelan heard evidence from about 10 witnesses before sending the matter on to Supreme Court.

There’s a publication ban on the evidence from the inquiry to protect Hollohan’s right to a fair trial.

Hollohan is represented by lawyer Sarah White. They will appear in Supreme Court in Halifax on Dec. 13 to begin the process of setting dates for a jury trial.

Hollohan was released from custody in August on a $100,000 recognizance with two sureties, including his mother, and strict house arrest conditions after a bail hearing in Supreme Court.

Justice Jamie Campbell ordered Hollohan to report to Halifax Regional Police in person every Friday, banned him from consuming alcohol or using drugs, including cannabis products, without a medical prescription, and directed him to undergo weekly urinalysis testing.

The judge also prohibited Hollohan from having any weapons, communicating with four Crown witnesses and possessing or handling any personal device capable of receiving or sending text messages or phone calls.

Hollohan was ordered to take part in addictions counselling and receive opioid replace treatment as directed by his physician. The bail order requires his mother to dispense opioid substitution as prescribed and to keep the medication in a lock box.

At least one surety must be home when Hollohan is in the Dartmouth residence. He can only leave the house for medical emergencies and appointments, legal commitments, counselling or treatment sessions, and for four hours every Tuesday afternoon for attending to personal needs.

One or both sureties must take him to his various appointments and accompany him during his personal needs exception. Hollohan also must wear a GPS tracking device to his appointments.

In addition, the sureties had to install security cameras and an alarm system at the house to monitor all entry and exit points. If anyone visits the home who is not a family member, at least one surety has to be in the presence of that person at all times.

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