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October 28, 2019

2nd degree Murder – Update


On October 23, 2019, we reported on an explosion that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Queen’s Ave east on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm.

When police and members of BFES arrived, a perimeter was set up and residences in the neighbourhood were evacuated as a precaution.

As members at the scene detected a strong odour of natural gas, Manitoba Hydro employees also attended to turn the gas off within the hour. The 63-year-old male resident, Robert Hughes, exited the residence on his own once the gas had been turned off. He was later transported by STAR air ambulance to Health Science Centre in Winnipeg with serious injuries. No information regarding the specifics of Mr. Hughes injuries will be provided, as this information will remain confidential in accordance with PHIA (Personal Health Information Act).

Due to the instability of the structure following the explosion, police and emergency workers were unable to enter the scene for several hours, until it could be reinforced by members of Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Once the building was deemed safe, officers were then able to enter and attend to 63-year-old, Betty Hughes, who was deceased.

Following the explosion, members of BPS Major Crimes Section have continued to investigate in cooperation with the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

The investigation has led police to determine that the death of the Mrs. Hughes was not accidental, but was caused by injuries inflicted on her prior to the explosion. The explosion was also determined to be intentionally set.

On Friday October 25, 2019, BPS Major Crime Section members attended to Winnipeg Health Science Centre where the Mr. Hughes was being released from medical care, and arrested him. On Friday evening, he was brought back to Brandon and lodged at Brandon Correctional Centre. He appeared before a Justice on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder, on October 26, 2019 and was remanded in custody.

As this matter is now before the courts, specific details regarding the death of Mrs. Hughes and the explosion will not be disclosed, as we do not wish to compromise the integrity of the judicial process.

Brandon Police Service would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mrs. Hughes. They will not be offering any public statement regarding this tragedy, and I would ask members of the public and media to respect their privacy during this difficult time.


Motor Vehicle Collision

On October 27, 2019, at 7:38 pm, police and members of BFES attended to a motor vehicle collision in the 2600 block of Princess Ave. A car travelling north bound on 26th street, clipped another vehicle, which was travelling east bound on Princess Ave. It then lost control and struck a tree, injuring two passengers inside.

Passengers of the vehicle, which struck the tree, a 50-year-old female and a female child, were both taken to BRHC by ambulance. The driver of the second vehicle was unharmed.

The child was released from the hospital with minor injuries. The 50-year-old female was admitted to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The 26-year-old male driver of the vehicle that struck the tree left the scene on foot, stating he was going to get help, but he did not return. Once located, the male will face criminal charges of Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident where Bodily Harm Has Occurred.


Possess Weapon/Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited Weapon

On October 27, 2019, shortly before 8:00 pm police received a report of a female-youth crying on the side of the road in the 900 block of Maryland Ave. She advised police that she was suffering from an anxiety attack and that there were no other issues. However, the 15-year-old male who was with her was found to be in possession of bear mace. He was arrested and will appear in court on December 17, 2019 on charges of Possess Weapon, and Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited Weapon.




Sergeant Kirby Sararas #119

Public Information Officer

Community Support

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Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.


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