One of five Kamloops men charged with murder in a gang-related slaying last year will seek bail this week.
Nathan Townsend is slated to appear in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Wednesday for a bail review. The 23-year-old is facing one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Troy Gold.
The remains of Gold, 35, were found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops after he was reported missing on Oct. 3, 2018.
In the days after Gold’s disappearance, police could be seen scouring a Brocklehurst property belonging to Townsend’s grandparents.
Also charged with murder in connection with Gold’s death are Jayden Eustache, Darian Rohel, John Wade Davis and Sean Scurt.
Gold had been involved in the city’s drug trade. Townsend, who is also known as Nathan Pawluck, has been linked in the past to the Red Scorpions gang and its co-founder Konaam Shirzad, who was shot to death outside his Kamloops home in 2017.
Gold’s murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in the city over a violent five-month stretch.
On Jan. 23, two men were shot to death in separate incidents outside hotels in Valleyview and Aberdeen. On Feb. 15, two people were shot in a Brocklehurst apartment. One of them died.
No arrests have been made in connection with the January 23 murders, but two men were taken into custody in the days following the Feb. 15 shootings.