Three men charged in connection with mysterious 2016 assault

Pictured is the pick-up truck in which the RCMP found a man with serious injuries on June 7, 2016 along Trans-Canada Highway 105 in Glendale.

NEW GLASGOW: Three men are facing charges in connection with an assault investigation that started in the Strait area.

According to Nova Scotia RCMP, officers from Inverness District RCMP responded to a call on June 7, 2016 after a man was found severely injured in a parked pick-up truck on the side of Highway 105 in Glendale.

The man was airlifted to hospital via EHS LifeFlight in critical condition.

The investigation determined the man was assaulted inside the former Pictou County Gate Keepers’ Clubhouse in New Glasgow, then transported over 130 kilometres to the pick-up truck and left on the side of Highway 105.

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

RCMP Public Information Officer Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said with a complicated investigation like this it took time to carry out, and  police raids in 2016 and 2017 at the Gate Keepers’ Clubhouse provided crucial pieces of information.

“Given it’s an ongoing investigation, the potential always exists for further arrests,” Cpl. Hutchinson told The Reporter on November 30. “However, at this time, these three are the only one’s facing charges.”

Hutchinson couldn’t offer any new details on the case, but explained with any investigation, especially one where a person was severely assaulted and left on the side of the highway, police are always motivated to bring those responsible before the court.

“In this case, sufficient evidence existed that resulted in the arrests of these three men,” he said. “With that, there is a heightened level of satisfaction for the victim, their family and all of the Investigators involved with this investigation.”

All three were held in custody and scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on November 28.

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.