Blair Rhodes · CBC News
Four men with alleged ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs are set go to trial this spring in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on charges they viciously beat a man for stealing a vest and then left him in a pickup truck along the side of a highway in Cape Breton.
One of the four, Donald Melborne Messenger, tried to have his case heard separately from his three co-accused. But in a decision released this week, Justice Nick Scaravelli refused to grant the severance request.
“In this case, I am not convinced that the accused has established a threat to his interests or his constitutional rights that would clearly call for separate trials,” the judge wrote in his decision.
The victim in the case was accused of stealing a vest, known as a “cut,” and a sign from Messenger’s home. The sign was for the Gate Keepers Motorcycle Club and Messenger has been identified in court documents as a prospect member of the club. The beating was alleged to have happened in the Gate Keepers clubhouse in Pictou County, N.S., on June 7, 2016.
Messenger, along with William Jeffrey Giles, Charles Jardine Hayman and David James Bishop, are facing charges including aggravated assault, forcible confinement and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.
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