Some disturbing details have emerged surrounding crimes allegedly committed against a man shortly before his body was found at a city home for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Court documents allege that the victim was robbed, his hands tied behind him and a letter was carved into his back.
The body of Aaron Daniel Jardine, 31, was found in a second-floor suite of the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse, otherwise known as the “Welcome Inn,” in the morning of Aug. 28. His death is considered suspicious.
The non-profit housing co-op at the corner of 11th Street and Louise Avenue offers apartment rentals to people living with psychiatric disabilities.
It’s also the base for the Grey Owl Extended Program, which offers drop-in and other programs for people with psychiatric or developmental health issues.
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.
During the weeks that followed the discovery, a number of sources indicated that Jardine’s hands had been bound and there were some kind of markings or wounds on the body.
Three men were arrested between Sept. 7-8 and each charged with robbery, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon. They remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in court again later this month.
The crimes were allegedly committed within 48 hours of the discovery of Jardine’s body.
Court documents allege that Jardine 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.
However, no charges have been laid in connection with his death.
No cause of death has been released at this point. An autopsy was conducted, but police await further test results.
Police consider the death suspicious, but have already indicated that further charges are possible.
The accused were not residents of the home.
Charged are Frederick Wallace Joseph Brass, Steven Jordan Codie Cook and Patrick Levi Eaglestick.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 19, 2013