Land feud turns violent on the Rock

Appalling photos tell story of Newfoundland woman, who came home to live on inherited land, but was attacked and beaten bloody while jogging

Shelley Jesso may wish she never came back to Sheaves Cove. The 33-year-old woman had returned to the community in western Newfoundland to live on land she recently inherited. But it turns out the property is part of a long-running dispute that is currently before the courts. Newspaper accounts are sketchy on the details, but Jesso says there had been a number of “incidents” related to the dispute that culminated, to her surprise, in full-on violence. Three days ago, while out jogging, she says, a man pulled up behind her in a pickup truck got out and began punching her in the face. Certainly someone battered her face—just look at the photos. The attack appears to have touched off a full-on war. Two men have been arrested and charged following an alleged assault, a death threat and an arson attack on a shed. Police believe both stem from the attack on Jesso.

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