Man charged with holding girl at remote northern Sask. cabin seeking bail

A 42-year-old man charged with holding a girl against her will for four days at a remote cabin appeared again in Meadow Lake Provincial Court May 19.


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Aaron Gardiner has had several court appearances and during a court appearance in April he consented to remand but is now trying to get released on bail.

Gardiner was arrested April 24 after the Canadian Armed Forces flew the RCMP in two CH-146 Griffon helicopters to a remote northern Saskatchewan cabin to rescue the girl.

Police had determined that the only way to reach the cabin was by air because the area was covered in water and slush.

The Saskatchewan Emergency Response Team surrounded the cabin, located about 10 kilometres from the village of Île-à-la-Crosse.

When police arrested Gardiner they deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) after he tried fleeing from the cabin and resisted arrest.  He was treated for minor injuries before being taken to Île-à-la-Crosse.

The youth had minor bruising and was safely taken back to Île-à-la-Crosse by helicopter and returned to her family.

The charges against Gardiner haven’t been proven in court.

Gardiner has a show cause hearing scheduled for May 25.

The village of Île-à-la-Crosse has a population of almost 1,300 and is located about 380 kilometres north of Prince Albert.




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