3 men charged with fatally assaulting physical therapist
Ottawa Police have charged three men with fatally beating a local physical therapist.
Nicolas Bergeret, 36, and Antoine Richemond, 33, are each charged with first-degree murder. George Dacosta, 46, is charged with second-degree murder.
Two of the accused appeared in court late Thursday afternoon, while Dacosta was adjourned until Friday morning. All three remain in police custody.
Kyle Andrades, a beloved son, friend and physical therapist, was found dead at a commercial property near Navan late Tuesday night. His family had reported him missing after missing the day’s appointments with his patients.
Homicide detectives began investigating what they initially called his “suspicious death” before confirming he was the victim of a fatal assault.
The property at 2666 Tenth Line Rd. is identified by the signage Bergeret Exteriors Windows and Doors. The company’s website lists Nicolas Bergeret as the owner.
A neighbor previously told CBC News that the neighborhood trade shop was known for noisy drinking and late-night partying.
Bergeret’s attorneys, Brandon Crawford and Tony Paciocco, told CBC News that they are not currently speaking on behalf of their client.
Dacosta’s attorney, Jenny McKnight, also declined to comment on the allegations.
Attorney Gary Chayko, representing Richemond, told CBC, “My client is innocent.”
“He loved people,” says Father
Andrades was born in the Ottawa area and had a master’s degree in physical therapy, according to a biography on the website of Renfrew Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, one of his employers.
His main clinic was Get Physical Physiotherapy on Shefford Road in the Gloucester area.
“He loved people [and loved] to help them heal faster,” his father Oscar said Wednesday. “That was actually his mantra: that he could heal someone in three or four days.”
Oscar Andrades told CBC one of his son’s friends stopped by Tuesday and told him Kyle hadn’t turned up for work and that he didn’t know where he was.
Oscar Andrades said he and Kyle’s mother, Martine, filed a missing persons report with the Ottawa Police Department that evening. Then officers came by overnight and told them they had found Kyle’s body.
The victim’s father said he had “no idea” what could have happened, noting his son was not on drugs and – thanks to a steady stream of physical therapy clients – had no money problems.
“Why did you hurt him?” he asked himself. “He was such a nice person. He was there… to help people.”