Assault charges stayed in beating of Cape Breton man

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SYDNEY — Charges including aggravated assault have been stayed against four men charged in connection with the near fatal beating of a Cape Breton man.

The four accused were scheduled to stand trial in Pictou this week but the Crown served notice it was staying all counts against the accused.

A stay of proceedings gives the Crown one year in which to refile the charges.

Charged were David James Bishop, 37, of Dartmouth; Donald Melbourn Messenger, 49, of Broughton; William Jeffery Giles, 46, of Westville; and Charles Jardine Hayman, 50, of Thorburn.

They were all charged with aggravated assault, forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and being an accessory after the fact.

The offences for all four accused were alleged to have occurred between June 6-7, 2016, after a Sydney man was found beaten and bleeding inside a truck parked along the side of Highway 105 in Glendale, Inverness County.

The victim suffered significant injuries, including brain damage.

Police alleged the victim was assaulted inside a former biker gang clubhouse — Outlaw Motorcycle Gang — in New Glasgow, before he was driven to Cape Breton and abandoned along the side of the road.

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