One of five men charged with murder in an alleged gangland slaying in Kamloops in 2018 has been denied bail.
Troy Gold’s remains were found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops weeks after he was reported missing in October 2018. Last year, five men were charged with second-degree murder in connection with his death.
Wearing a black dress shirt and black pants, one of the accused — 23-year-old Nathan Townsend — sat in silence for an hour in a Kamloops courtroom on Thursday while B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand read his reasons for detention.
Townsend, Jayden Eustache, Darian Rohel, John Daviss and Sean Scurt are each charged in connection with Gold’s death.
Townsend, also known as Nathan Pawluk, is an alleged Red Scorpions associate and has been linked in the past to the gang’s co-founder Konaam Shirzad, who was shot to death outside his Guerin Creek home in Kamloops home in September 2017.
Gold, 35, had been involved in the city’s drug trade. His murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in Kamloops over a violent five-month stretch that saw four people killed and a number of others injured.
Marchand’s reasons for detaining Townsend, as well as the evidence presented at his Dec. 12 bail hearing, are bound by a court-ordered ban on publication.
Townsend is slated to make his next court appearance on Monday, Jan. 20.