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Men accused of beating man inside Gate Keepers Clubhouse return to court in March

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Pictou N.S. 

The three men accused of beating a man inside the Pictou County Gate Keepers Clubhouse and leaving him for dead on the side of the road in Cape Breton are scheduled to enter a plea at Pictou Provincial Court on March 4, 2019. 

The accused are 48-year-old Donald Melbourn Messenger, of Broughton, Cape Breton, 45-year-old William Jeffrey Giles of Westville and 49-year-old Charles Jardine Hayman of New Glasgow. The trio are all charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and accessory after the fact in relation to the incident which is said to have taken place between June 6 and June 7, 2016. 

The three appeared in Pictou Court on Tuesday Jan. 21 but their cases were adjourned until the March 4 date. They have been released on conditions. 

RCMP Northeast Nova major crime unit first arrested the men in November 2018 as part of an ongoing investigation that began in June 2016, when a Sydney man was found bloodied and beaten inside a parked pickup truck along Highway 105 in Glendale. Police believe the victim was assaulted inside the former Pictou County Gate Keepers Clubhouse, an affiliate of the Hells Angels, in New Glasgow and then transported to the pickup truck and left on the side of highway. 

According to The Cape Breton Post, the victim was hospitalized in critical condition and has suffered a permanent brain injury. The victim was facing criminal charges in Sydney, including arson, but a stay has been issued in the case as a result of the victim’s brain trauma. 

The clubhouse, which was located on MacLean Street in New Glasgow, is now operated by the Katt Sass MC. Pictou County RCMP confirmed that there is no Gate Keepers Club House currently operating in Pictou County.


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