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Disabled N.S. woman’s assault case adjourned until February

Nichelle Benn arrives at provincial court in Dartmouth, N.S., on Jan. 15, 2014.


The assault case of a Nova Scotia woman whose family says she shouldn't be before the courts because of an intellectual disability has been adjourned until next month for a plea.

Nichele Benn faces charges of assault and assault with a weapon after she was accused of biting and striking a staff member at a care facility in Halifax.

Police allege Benn bit and hit an employee with a foam letter and a shoe at the Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre on Dec. 12.

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The case was adjourned to Feb. 24 in Dartmouth provincial court.

Her family met last week with Premier Stephen McNeil in what they hope will lead to policy changes for people with intellectual disabilities.

McNeil made no commitments but said the province's Community Services Department will follow up with them.

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