An alleged Kamloops gangster charged with murder in connection with the death of a man who was reported missing in the fall of 2018 could find out next week whether he will be released on bail.
Nathan Townsend is one of five men accused of killing Troy Gold, who vanished in October 2018. Gold’s remains were found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops weeks later.
Townsend, 23, is charged with second-degree murder, alongside Jayden Eustache, Darian Rohel, John Wade Daviss and Sean Scurt. Each of the five accused have been behind bars since they were arrested in October.
Townsend’s bail hearing took place on Dec. 11, but B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand is taking his time to decide whether the accused killer should be set free pending trial.
During the hearing, a prosecutor took two hours outlining the alleged circumstances of Gold’s murder, but that evidence is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.
Townsend, also known as Nathan Pawluck, has in the past been linked to the Red Scorpions gang and its co-founder Konaam Shirzad, who was gunned down outside his Kamloops home in 2017.
Gold was also active in the city’s drug trade. Following his disappearance, police could be seen scouring a Brocklehurst property owned by Townsend’s grandparents.
Gold’s murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in Kamloops over a five-month period that saw four people killed and a number of others injured.
Lawyers are expected to meet on Monday, Jan. 13, to set a date for Marchand’s decision, which could be delivered next week.