Investigators, here seen Saturday, are continuing their investigation of a ���very violent struggle” in Brentwood Bay. (Keri Coles/Victoria News)

Man charged with murder, assault in Victoria appears in court

Alan Charles Chapman charged with first degree murder

From the stands of the court room in the Provincial Court of B.C., ankle shackles could be heard as Alan Charles Chapman made his way to the defendant box in front of Justice Roger Cutler on Wednesday morning.

Chapman is charged with one count of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. He currently does not have counsel.

RELATED: Murder charges laid in Brentwood Bay death after ‘violent struggle’

John Labossiere, regional Crown for Vancouver Island, says this it’s not usual for a defendant to go without counsel as it’s early in the case and he needs time to consult with council.

Labossiere added that Chapman will remain in custody until the case is dealt with according to law.

“The only person who can do a judicial release on a first degree murder count is a supreme court judge,” he says.

The 47-year -old from Nanaimo will appear in court again on May 29 by video. Chapman was stone faced as Justice Cutler encouraged him to get council before his next court appearance.

According to court documents, Chapman is charged in the death of Emily Caruana, and two counts of aggravated assault against John Caruana and Justin Booth.

RELATED: Investigators continue to investigate death in Central Saanich

On Saturday morning, just after 12:30 a.m. police were called to an address in the 7200-block of Meadow Lark Lane in Brentwood Bay after reports of a disturbance.

Josh Haymes, a neighbour from down the street, told Black Press Media, that he was pulling into his driveway as the altercation was happening. According to Haymes, a man ran out of the house and jumped into a white car that “almost ran him over” as Haymes ran towards the house while calling 911.

The following morning, Central Saanich police said a “very violent struggle” had occurred in the home and one man was in custody.

With files from Keri Coles and Nick Murray.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Flood warning issued for Boundary as Kettle River expected to rise to 20-year return level

RDKB: This amounts to a high flood risk for low-lying properties in the region

RDKB issues evacuation orders for some residents on Granby River near Highway 3 bridge

The RDKB also issued evacuation orders for areas of Manly Meadows, Johnson Flats

RDKB issues evacuation alert for 1,100 Boundary properties

Warm weather and heavy rain could cause sections of Kettle River system to swell beyond 2018 levels

RDKB launches survey to address housing needs in the district

Communities in the district include Trail, Grand Forks, Rossland and Fruitvale

Possible Kermode Bear spotted near Castlegar

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run on May 27

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson says he’s heard no concerns from public

Love flourishes at Peace Arch Park, but COVID-19 concerns loom

South Surrey park becomes only place for international couples to meet

UPDATE: B.C.’s Central Kootenay issues evacuation orders for hundreds of residents due to flooding

An evacuation alert covers all areas except the Cities of Castelgar and Nelson

Most Read