Three arrested after two-year investigation

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NEW GLASGOW – RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crime Unit arrested three men in relation to an ongoing investigation that began in 2016.

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

The investigation determined that the male was assaulted inside the former Pictou County Gate Keepers Clubhouse in New Glasgow and then transported to the pick-up 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 for aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and accessory after the fact. All three were held in custody and were scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on Wednesday.

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.