Monday, February 23, 2009

Torture case in Hamilton: another update

The couple accused of kidnapping and torturing a 22-year-old man with intellectual disabilities for nearly three weeks were charged on Friday (February 22) with beating and robbing and another intellectually disabled man two months ago. According to the Globe and Mail:

Superintendent Bill Stewart said officers were able to quickly link the two crimes because of their similarity, and are now looking into the possibility that there was a wider pattern of preying on the vulnerable.

"There were similarities in the type of victim, being disabled, and similarities in some of the circumstances surrounding the incident," Supt. Stewart said.

"We're already looking to see if other cases can be linked to these individuals."

Stanley Brown, 30, and his girlfriend, Dakota Thompson, 20, were given additional charges of robbery with a weapon, administering a noxious substance and assault causing bodily harm, according to the report. As conveyed in earlier FRIDA posts, the couple, along with 22-year-old Nathan Jug and a 17-year-old male who can't be identified, allegedly held the 22-year-old man captive and tortured him for more than three weeks in a room in a Hamilton triplex. Money was also taken from his bank account. The man suffered a fractured skull, burns across large parts of his body, and was close to death when he was found by police, who were responding to a 911 call made by his alleged captors.

There is some good news - although he's still got a long recovery ahead of him, the man was released from hospital last Thursday. As reported by

"I'm sure he's been traumatized by this," Hamilton police Supt. Bill Stewart said. "He's got a lot of visible injuries and he's still got a long recovery to go. As we mentioned before, he's got some mental disabilities and that's obviously aggravated and compounded what he's been through."