More charges laid against man who lived for months with body of dead uncle

Tina Comeau
Published on March 11, 2014


By Tina Comeau



A 44-year-old Yarmouth County man whom police allege lived in a Grove Road home for months with the dead body of his 76-year-old uncle is now facing further charges of theft and fraud.

The theft and fraud charges relate to pension cheques that belonged to the elderly man.

Timothy Stanley Adams had a brief appearance in provincial court in Yarmouth on March 10, where his matters were adjourned, at the request of the defence, to April 22.

Adams was already facing two Criminal Code charges – one count of neglecting to perform duties with reference to burial and one count of offering indignities to human remains. When the charges were filed with the court it listed the offence dates as having occurred between Jan. 22 and Dec. 3, 2013.

His elderly uncle, Stanley Ernest Adams, had not been seen for months. Neighbours had raised concern over his wellbeing.

On Dec. 3, the RCMP forced their way into the residence and discovered the elderly Adams’ remains inside the home. They had been to the home several days leading up to this but no one would answer the door.

In addition to the charges he already faced, Timothy Adams is now charged with theft and fraud charges. The fraud charges relate to the Canada Pension Plan and the federal old age security plan for an amount totaling around $3,600.

Defence lawyer David Curry told the court on Monday he needed more time to discuss the evidence the Crown has provided him with his client.

Adams had been in custody since his arrest in early December and underwent a psychiatric assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth.

On Jan. 28 he was released from custody on court conditions. One of the release conditions prohibits Adams from being within 50 metres of 55 Grove Road, except for one time when he was permitted to be accompanied by the RCMP to retrieve personal belongings from inside the house.

Adams must also check in weekly by telephone with the RCMP. He is not allowed to leave the province and he cannot be in possession of weapons. He is also not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs.

The court also put in a clause restricting him from having contact with two specific individuals.