Man accused in Portage la Prairie homicide makes first court appearance

By | August 4, 2020

WINNIPEG — One of the men accused in the homicide of Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, the man whose body was found buried in a Portage la Prairie garden in June, has made his first appearance in court.

On June 30, RCMP arrested and charged 25-year-old Jonathan Bradley Narvey with first-degree murder, forcible confinement, and indignity to a dead human body.

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The charges against him have not been proven in court.

Narvey appeared in provincial court in Winnipeg on Tuesday via a video conference call from the Headingley Correctional Centre.

The appearance comes more than a month after a Portage la Prairie man found human remains buried in his garden. On July 17, RCMP identified the remains as Gerhard Reimer-Wiebe, 27, who was originally from Steinbach, but is believed to have been living in Winnipeg at the time of his death.

Gerhard (George) Reimer-Wiebe

Mounties release an image of Gerhard (George) Reimer-Wiebe, a 27-year-old man from Steinbach, Man., who was living in Winnipeg. (Source: RCMP)

RCMP say Reimer-Wiebe was the victim of a homicide.

RCMP previously released surveillance images of four people of interest that were seen at a gas station in Portage la Prairie at 4 a.m. on June 20.

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CTV News has confirmed one of the people in the surveillance images is Narvey.

On June 29, RCMP arrested Kyle Evan Sinkovits, 29, in relation to the death of Reimer-Wiebe. He is also facing charges of first-degree murder, forcible confinement, and indignity to a dead human body. The charges have not been proven in court.

He was scheduled to appear in court on July 31, and will be appearing again in mid-August.

Narvey is also scheduled to appear in court via video conference again later this month.

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