One of five men charged with murder in connection with the 2018 gangland slaying of a Kamloops man will have to wait until at least next week to find out if he will be granted bail.
Three police officers sat listening in the gallery of a Kamloops B.C. Supreme Court courtroom on Wednesday during the bail hearing of Nathan Townsend, 23, an alleged Red Scorpions associate charged with second-degree murder in the October 2018 death of Troy Gold.
A prosecutor took two hours outlining the circumstances of Gold’s murder, but the evidence heard is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.
Charged alongside Townsend are Jayden Eustache, Darian Rohel, John Daviss and Sean Scurt. Each of the accused have been in custody since their arrests in October of this year.
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.
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 Guerin Creek in September 2017.
Gold’s murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in the city over a violent five-month stretch that saw four people killed and a number of others injured.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand is expected to set a date on Monday for his decision on Townsend’s bail.