Accused pled guilty to manslaughter. Accused had been living in the victim’s home. Accused attacked the victim for unknown reasons and stabbed and beat him to death. “This was a brutal, violent knife attack.” 29 year old accused with a record (however longest prior sentence was 6 months in jail).
Held: 10 years jail.
Aggravating factors included: the repeated stabbing of the victim (14 stab wounds), the victim was unarmed, the accused was a guest in the victim’s home, and the accused was on bail at the time for an assault charge. Only mitigating factor being the guilty plea. Manslaughter fit into the highest category of moral blameworthiness established in Laberge.
G. White – Defence Counsel