Man charged with holding girl in remote northern Saskatchewan cabin still seeking bail

A man charged with holding a girl against her will for four days at a remote cabin is still seeking bail after previously agreeing to being remanded in custody. 

Aaron Gardiner, 42, had another show cause hearing in Meadow Lake Provincial Court June 29. 

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The Saskatchewan Emergency Response Team and the Canadian Armed Forces arrested Gardiner in a dramatic take down on April 24. RCMP were flown in two CH-146 Griffon helicopters to a remote northern Saskatchewan cabin to rescue the child. The area where the cabin was located, about 10 kilometres from the village of Île-à-la-Crosse, was covered in water and slush, which made air travel the only method of reaching the cabin. 

Gardiner fled on foot when police tried arresting him so they deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser). He was treated for minor injuries before police took him to Île-à-la-Crosse.

The child only had minor bruising and she was taken by helicopter back to her family in Île-à-la-Crosse.

Gardiner’s show cause hearing continues on July 20. 

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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