Gang-related killing trial not expected to begin until late 2021

Troy Gold, 35, went missing in October 2018. His remains were found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops within weeks of his disappearance. A year later, five men were arrested and charged with murder. Last month, charges against all but one of the accused were downgraded to manslaughter.

The trial of five men accused in a gang-related slaying that led to the most complicated investigation in the history of the Kamloops RCMP detachment is slated to span more than five months and not expected to end until 2022.

Troy Gold, 35, went missing in October 2018. His remains were found in the Lac du Bois area north of Kamloops within weeks of his disappearance.

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A year later, five men were arrested and charged with murder. Last month, charges against all but one of the accused were downgraded to manslaughter.

Jayden Eustache faces a count of second-degree murder, while Nathan Townsend, Darien Rohel, John Davis and Sean Scurt are each charged with manslaughter.

Nathan Townsend and Konaam Shirad
Nathan Townsend (left), one of five men arrested and charged on Oct. 18 in connection with the 2018 killing of Troy Gold in Kamloops, is seen here in a photo with Red Scorions gang co-founder Konaam Shirzad. Shirzad was shot to death outside his Guerin Creek home in September 2017 and his death led to a gang battle in the city that resulted in numerous murders and assaults.

Lawyers involved in the case have been told to make themselves available for trial between Sept. 7, 2021, and Feb. 18, 2022.

Each of the five accused remain behind bars.

In a brief hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Friday morning, prosecutors said they will have all disclosure provided to defence lawyers by the end of next month.

A week in December has been set aside to deal with any issues that might arise in the coming months.

Gold had been involved in the city’s drug trade.

Townsend, previously described by police as having gang ties, is believed to have been a top lieutenant of Red Scorpions founder Konaam Shirzad before Shirzad was shot to death outside his Guerin Creek home in September 2017.

Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky has previously told KTW the investigation into Gold’s death was the most complex ever undertaken by city police. Details of the alleged slaying, presented in December during a bail hearing, are bound by a court-ordered ban on publication.

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