Manslaughter trial hears victim was harassing woman in North Kamloops bar

Sean Dunn, 42, was found dead on a sidewalk on Wood Street near Tranquille Road in the early-morning hours of Dec. 30, 2016. James David Bond, 30, is charged with manslaughter

A Kamloops man beaten to death more than two years ago after leaving a North Shore bar had been badgering a woman in the hours before he was killed, a jury has been told.

Sean Dunn, 42, was found dead on a sidewalk on Wood Street near Tranquille Road in the early-morning hours of Dec. 30, 2016. 

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James David Bond, 30, is charged with manslaughter in connection with Dunn’s death. His trial, in front of a seven-woman, five man jury, began on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops.

Both men were among a group drinking at the Duchess in the hours before Dunn’s death, court has heard.

On the witness stand on Wednesday, the bar’s bouncer, Marcel Conti, described a series of incidents involving Dunn, Bond and others.

Conti said he became aware of Dunn on the night of his death after hearing a woman shout at him to leave her alone. Conti said the woman, Sarah Hupe, was dating Bond.

“She had an issue with a fella by the pool table,” Conti said, later noting Hupe called Dunn “a creep.”

Sean Dunn
Sean Dunn was 42 when he was beaten to death on Dec. 30, 2016.

“It was rather quick. She pretty much told him to get lost. That’s how it got my attention. I heard it from across the bar. I think she swore. But they went their separate ways.”

Conti said he was later told by Hupe that Dunn had intentionally touched her with his pool cue. He said he told the two to stay on separate sides of the bar.

After the Duchess closed for the night, Conti said, Dunn was persistent outside in getting Hupe, Bond and another man to keep the night going.

“Mr. Dunn was asking if people want to come party with him,” Conti said.

“I guess the crowd didn’t really want to hang out with him. He was pretty persistent. I took him aside at one point and tried to get him a cab. I told him it was probably time to go home, anyway.”

Conti said Dunn appeared to be focusing on Hupe. He told jurors Bond was not happy with what was happening.

“Obviously, he had an issue because Sarah had an issue with him [Dunn]. Obviously, it’s his woman and I’m sure he’s not too happy about it,” Conti said.

“He got in his face — Mr. Bond got in Mr. Dunn’s face — and told him to leave his girlfriend alone. It was pretty much just, ‘Go away and leave us alone. Go home. No one wants to party with you.’ That’s it.”

Conti said he sympathized with Bond in the moment.

“I pretty much told him I understand. I would pretty much say the same thing if someone was asking my girlfriend to come party,” he said. “Mr. Dunn was hitting on Sarah in the club and he purposely touched her with a pool cue. … I imagine he [Bond] wouldn’t feel too great about it.”

According to Conti, Dunn and Bond had a number of interactions outside the Duchess, noting Bond appeared to be the more aggressive party.

Conti said he saw Dunn and another man cross Tranquille Road to Wood Street, followed by Hupe and then Bond.

The Crown theory is that Bond flew into a jealous rage on Wood Street and attacked Dunn. Bond and Hupe are then alleged to have fled the scene.

An eyewitness is expected to take the stand later this week.

Bond’s trial is scheduled to conclude next week.

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