Nova Scotia Journal

Pair charged of the anti-mask rally at Strang’s house freed on bail

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Jeremy MacKenzie and Morgan May Guptill appeared in Dartmouth regional court Friday.
  • Release conditions for both the charges include staying away from Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang.

Two people indicted of managing a rally at the home of Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health have been freed from prison after spending a night behind bars.

Jeremy Mitchell MacKenzie, 36, and Morgan May Guptill, 31, appeared in Dartmouth regional court each by video link Friday afternoon.

The Crown had been initially objected to releasing the pair but was able to negotiate terms with defense attorney Stan MacDonald, who represents both blamed.

Both MacKenzie and Guptill will stay at the MacKenzie family home in Pictou, N.S. Till their next court arrival in April.

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Jeremy Mitchell MacKenzie, 36, and Morgan May Guptill, 31, appeared in Dartmouth regional court

Freed under constraints

The release conditions are the same for each charge:

  • They must remain away from Dr. Robert Strang and his family, including the suburban Halifax residence where they’re charged with staging a rally last weekend.
  • They must remain 25 meters away from any home, school, or business of any medical professional, educational professional, or politician.
  • They are not to suggest anyone else oppose people in those three types, and they must not make any posts regarding them on social media.
  • Each charge must ensure compliance with a $10,000 surety. They must each save $5,000, and the MacKenzie family will provide the other half.

MacKenzie and Guptill are set with several offenses, including mischief, criminal harassment, and a new order introduced during the pandemic, pressure of a health professional.

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