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Manslaughter charges laid after Welcome Inn death

A police officer walks down the steps of the Welcome Inn home for people with psychiatric disabilities, where a man's body was found in August 2013.

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A police officer walks down the steps of the Welcome Inn home for people with psychiatric disabilities, where a man's body was found in August 2013.

Two men face manslaughter charges after a death reported last year at a home for the disabled.

Police have been investigating the death of Aaron Daniel Jardine since his body was found at the Welcome Inn in late August 2013.

Three men had previously been charged with robbery and assault charges in relation to an altercation they're suspected to have had with the victim. Two of those suspects now also face manslaughter charges. A third remains in custody and may yet also face further charges.

Jardine, who was 31, was found dead in a second-floor suite at the Welcome Inn, a non-profit housing co-op at the corner of 11th Street and Louise Avenue that offers apartment rentals to people living with psychiatric disabilities. It's also known as the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse and the building is also the base for the Grey Owl Extended Program, which offers drop-in and other programs for people with psychiatric or developmental health issues.

None of the three accused were residents of the home.

Court documents obtained by the Sun give disturbing details about Jardine's death. They allege that he was robbed of $200, his hands were tied behind his back, he was assaulted with an unknown weapon and that a "B-shaped wound" was carved into his upper back.

A neighbour said Jardine was a long-term resident of the home, and his father said that Jardine was schizophrenic.

Jardine’s father has described his son as a law-abiding, kind-hearted man, and the neighbour described him as a nice person.

The two manslaughter suspects were re-arrested yesterday and held in custody overnight. They were released on bail with the Crown's consent after a brief appearance this morning.

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