He had been charged with the less serious of the two charges in this case of an alleged stabbing which led to the death of Mr. Rumleskie. Mr. Plumb had been in custody since police responded to the motel, located in North Algona Wilberforce just outside Eganville, following reports of a stabbing. Members of the Killaloe OPP responded to a 911 call and found the victim on the ground at the hotel around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. Despite attempts by paramedics at the scene to revive him, the Barry’s Bay native succumbed to his injuries
The 19-year-old Plumb, who was arrested at the scene by members of the Killaloe Ontario Provincial Police, was subsequently charged with one count of manslaughter late last week, over a week after the stabbing took place. He appeared in virtual bail court last Friday morning along with 27-year-old Brandon Lamoureux, the second man arrested last week in relation to Mr. Rumleskie’s death.
Mr. Lamoureux was charged with the more serious offence of second-degree murder in relation to Mr. Rumleskie’s death.
The two men remained in custody for over a week at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) until they were formally charged and appeared in court via video link.
When Mr. Plumb first appeared in court, the initial request for bail was not granted by Justice of the Peace Clayton McKechnie after he rejected a joint submission between the Crown Attorney’s Office and his legal counsel recommending his release.
However, after newly appointed Acting/Crown Attorney Julien Lalonde requested the matter to be stood down for part of the morning’s proceedings, the bail hearings were transferred to the Ontario Court of Justice and Justice Jeffrey Richardson agreed with the joint submission and ordered Mr. Plumb to be released from the OCDC.
Although it is not uncommon for the Crown Attorney’s Office and a defence lawyer to negotiate a joint submission recommending the release of an individual facing criminal charges, it is uncommon for these types of submissions to be entered into the record when a homicide has taken place.
A/ Crown Attorney Lalonde, who was recently appointed to the role taking over from former Crown Attorney Richardson after an Order in Council in May elevated him to the bench within the Ontario Court of Justice, appeared before Justice Richardson in support of Mr. Plumb’s release.
Facing a Second-Degree murder charge, Mr. Lamoureux remains in custody. His recent charge continues his pattern of criminal activity.
In June 2018, he was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon, breach of undertaking conditions and breach of probation order. One year earlier, he, along with an accomplice, was charged with break, enter and committing an indictable offence, possession of property obtained by crime Under $5,000 and failure to comply with a recognizance. He was also sentenced to 12 months in jail for a series of robberies of taxi drivers and a convenience store in 2013.
Bharat Puri, the former owner of the Pine Tree Motel, who was away from the motel from last November to this past April, was acquainted slightly with the two accused men, but he did know Mr. Rumleskie quite well.
“Jordan Plumb came July 1,” he noted. “He had not been there very long.
“Brandon was there since last year,” he said. “My brother-in-law was managing for that time.” Since Mr. Lamoreux did not pay his rent initially, it was eventually transferred to ODSP.
“He was very lazy paying rent,” Mr. Puri said. “He had some problems, I think. Who would put a tattoo on his face of a dollar sign?
“He wasn’t giving me good vibes at all,” he said. “The rest of the people were family oriented, nice people, they talked to me. They picked up the dog poop. This guy was the only one who was a troublemaker.”
Mr. Puri said he did not know if Mr. Lamoreux was a drug user but did not believe he was.
The motel is under renovation right now with the new owners. Passers-by have noticed a lot of activity going on with several less vehicles at the property.
Bruce Mcintyre , Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader