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Three arrested in connection to 2016 alleged assault at Pictou County Gate Keepers Clubhouse

Police have blocked off MacLean Street in New Glasgow as they execute a search warrant at the Gate Keepers' clubhouse.
Police have blocked off MacLean Street in New Glasgow as they execute a search warrant at the Gate Keepers' clubhouse in this file photo. - FILE PHOTO

New Glasgow, N.S. 

The investigation into a man found severely injured in a parked truck in Glendale, Cape Breton over two years ago has led to the arrest of three men accused of assaulting him inside the New Glasgow clubhouse of an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Mounties arrested three men Tuesday in relation to their investigation that started in 2016.

On June 7, 2016, Inverness District RCMP were called in after a man was found severely injured in a parked pick-up truck on the side of Highway 105 in Glendale. Paramedics flew him to hospital by helicopter in critical condition.

The police investigation that followed determined that the man was assaulted inside the former Pictou County Gate Keepers clubhouse in New Glasgow and then transported more than 130 kilometres to the pick-up truck and left on the side of Highway 105.

Donald Melbourn Messenger, 48, of Broughton, Cape Breton, William Jeffrey Giles, 45, of Pictou County, and Charles Jardine Hayman, 49, of New Glasgow, are all facing charges for aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and accessory after the fact.

All three were held in custody and appeared Wednesday in Pictou provincial court. They were released on recognizances and are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 21.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said the investigation took some time to complete which is why the arrests didn’t happen 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 police raids in 2016 and 2017 at the Gate Keepers clubhouse in New Glasgow helped gather pieces of information that were examined.

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

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 of 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, which was located on MacLean Street in New Glasgow, is now operated by the Katt Sass MC.

– WITH FILES FROM BRENDAN AHERN

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