Po­lice charge three men

Charges laid in con­nec­tion with 2016 al­leged as­sault at Pic­tou County Gate Keep­ers Club­house

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY - THE NEWS STAFF With files from Bren­dan Ah­ern

A man found se­verely in­jured in a parked truck in Glen­dale, Cape Bre­ton, in 2016 kicked off an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that has led to the ar­rest of three men, ac­cused of as­sault­ing him in­side the New Glas­gow lo­ca­tion of the Pic­tou County Gate Keep­ers.

RCMP North­east Nova Ma­jor Crime Unit ar­rested three men on Tues­day in re­la­tion to an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion that be­gan in 2016.

Nova Scotia RCMP Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Cpl. Dal Hutchin­son said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion took some time to com­plete, which is why the ar­rests didn’t come sooner.

“With any in­ves­ti­ga­tion such as this it can be quite com­pli­cated,” Hutchin­son said. “You look at it like a large puz­zle with mul­ti­ple pieces. You have to piece it to­gether.”

He said the po­lice raids that hap­pened in 2016 and 2017 at the Gate Keep­ers club­house in New Glas­gow helped gather pieces of in­for­ma­tion that were ex­am­ined dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We want to make sure that we do a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore we got out and ar­rest peo­ple and pur­sue charges.”

On June 7, 2016, In­ver­ness Dis­trict RCMP re­sponded to call af­ter a man who was found se­verely in­jured in a parked pickup truck on the side of High­way 105 in Glen­dale, Cape Bre­ton. The man was trans­ported by EHS LifeF­light to hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion that fol­lowed de­ter­mined the man was as­saulted in­side the for­mer Pic­tou County Gate Keep­ers Club­house in New Glas­gow and then trans­ported to the pickup truck and left on the side of High­way 105.

Forty-eight-year-old Don­ald Mel­bourn Mes­sen­ger, of Broughton, Cape Bre­ton; 45-year-old Wil­liam Jef­frey Giles, of Pic­tou County; and 49-year-old Charles Jar­dine Hay­man, of New Glas­gow, are all fac­ing charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault, forcible con­fine­ment, con­spir­acy to com­mit an in­dictable of­fence and ac­ces­sory af­ter the fact.

All three were held in cus­tody and ap­peared in Pic­tou pro­vin­cial court Nov. 28. They were re­leased on re­cog­ni­zance and are sched­uled to re­turn to court Jan. 21, 2019.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues to be led by the North East Nova Ma­jor Crimes Unit, with as­sis­tance from In­ver­ness Dis­trict RCMP, New Glas­gow Re­gional Po­lice, Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit, RCMP Foren­sics Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sec­tion and Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice Nova Scotia.

Hutchin­son could of­fer no new de­tails on the con­di­tion of the man who had been in­jured in 2016, only to say he was 45 at the time of the al­leged as­sault.

He didn’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity there could be other ar­rests.

“If new ev­i­dence sur­faces, there may be other peo­ple who could be iden­ti­fied as be­ing part of the of­fence that took place,” he said.

The club­house, lo­cated on MacLean Street in New Glas­gow, is now op­er­ated by the Katt Sass MC. Po­lice have con­firmed they do not be­lieve there is any Gate Keeper Club house op­er­at­ing in Pic­tou County any more.

FILE PHOTO/THE NEWS

This photo from 2017 shows a po­lice raid that took place at the MacLean Street club­house of the Pic­tou County Gate­keep­ers.

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