Accused in gang-related murder in Kamloops will seek bail

A lawyer representing Nathan Townsend was in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, setting a date for a bail hearing. Townsend is one of five men charged in connection with the October 2018 murder of Troy Gold

At least one of five alleged gangsters charged with murder in connection with the death of a Kamloops man last year plans to seek bail, a judge has been told.

A lawyer representing Nathan Townsend was in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, Nov. 18, setting a date for a bail hearing.

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Townsend, who is also known by the surname Pawluk, is believed to have been a high-ranking member of the local faction of the Red Scorpions gang. He was one of five men arrested on Oct. 18 and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Troy Gold.

Gold, who was involved in the city’s drug trade, went missing in October 2018. His remains were found in the Lac du Bois area a short time later. He was 35 at the time of his death.

Charged with second-degree murder alongside Townsend, 23, are Darian Rohel, 44, Sean Scurt, 46, Jayden Eustache, 24, and  38-year-old John Daviss.

Following Gold’s disappearance, police spent a day searching a Brocklehurst home belonging to Townsend’s grandparents.

Gold’s death was the first in a string of bloody incidents over a five-month period that saw four men killed and a number of others injured. Police have since said the violence was connected to an ongoing rift in the city’s drug trade.

Townsend is slated to return to court on Dec. 9 to set a date for his bail hearing, which is expected to take place the following day.

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