Gardiner Mines murder case

A 40 year old Cape Breton man has been charged with first degree murder in the death of a woman in Gardiner Mines Tuesday.

33 year old SaraBeth Ann Forbes was a teacher at Tompkins Memorial Elementary School in nearby Reserve Mines.  Grief counsellors have been brought in to help students and staff there.

Richard Wayne McNeil of Gardiner Mines was in court yesterday and remanded in custody until next Wednesday.  He and Forbes were common-law partners with a son.