Charges not approved in teen’s death

Crown counsel is not approving charges against a man who police believed was involved in the death of a teen by gunshot wound last year.

  • Jan. 13, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Charges are not being approved against a man that police believed was involved in the death of a teen by gunshot wound last year.

“The [Criminal Justice] Branch has completed our review of that file and are not approving any charges against the adult male, as the branch was not satisfied that the standard for approving any charge against him was met in the circumstances of the case,” said provincial crown spokesperson Neil MacKenzie Jan. 13.

On Jan, 6, Terrace RCMP announced it had concluded its investigation into the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot at a Molitor St. residence and later died Feb. 9, 2015.

Charges police forwarded were criminal negligence causing death, careless storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm against a 47-year-old Terrace man.

At the time of the incident, police had taken a 16-year-old youth into police custody and he was later charge with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.

The youth’s trial is set to start in May.

Under the Crown Counsel Act, Crown Counsel have the responsibility of making a charge assessment decision which determines whether or not a prosecution will proceed.

In discharging that charge assessment responsibility, Crown Counsel must fairly, independently, and objectively examine the available evidence in order to determine:

1. whether there is a substantial likelihood of conviction; and, if so,

2. whether a prosecution is required in the public interest.

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