Charges Laid After Death Of N.B. Journalist

A 29-year-old man from northern New Brunswick faces several charges Tuesday following the death of a journalist in Saint-Simon, N.B.

Members of the Caraquet RCMP responded at around 7 a.m. on Dec. 29 to a well-being check at a home in Saint-Simon. Upon arrival, they found a 60-year-old man dead outside the home.

Multiple media outlets identified the victim as Réjean Hébert, who served as the news director of CKRO, a French radio station in Gloucester County, N.B.

Police say they are investigating Hébert’s death as a homicide.

Réjean Hébert, who served as news director of French radio station CKRO, was found dead on Dec. 29, 2022, outside a home in Saint-Simon, N.B. (Submitted: CKRO Radio Péninsule)

Officers arrested 29-year-old Philippe Hébert after he fled the police. It was not immediately clear on Tuesday how or if the pair knew each other.

Investigators say Philippe Hébert appeared in Bathurst Provincial Court and faces charges of second-degree murder, resisting arrest and dangerous driving.

He also faces charges of flight from police and indecently interfering with human remains.

Police say they remanded Philippe Hébert into custody, adding he will return to court at a later date.