Letter: Kamloops family feels justice system failed them

Editor:

Regarding the recent manslaughter trial of David James Bond, who killed Sean Dunn on Dec. 30, 2016, the Dunn family and friends would like to set the record straight.

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Sean Patrick Dunn was not a horrible deviate prowling the streets at night looking for women to sexually abuse, as defence counsel made him out to be.

Although it was never made public, he had no criminal record, let alone any arrest of a sexual nature.

He was a fine son, brother, grandson, husband, nephew, friend and productive citizen who was loved by all who knew him, yet he was portrayed by defence counsel as a monster.

So many things went wrong the night he was murdered and not one person stepped forward and made a difference.

A jury of our peers was completely devoid of science and physics and totally discredited the testimony of the pathologist who did the autopsy.

The prosecution did an amazing job of blowing holes in the defence’s case, but to no avail.

As reported in Kamloops This Week after the trial, the judge would not allow the jury to hear the police report days before Sean’s death in which the accused became violent with another male involving his girlfriend.

During Justice Sheri Donegan’s charge to the jury, she stated the many ways in which the accused could be found not guilty and a few ways the accused could be found guilty.

The judge also stated it was a fact the accused was responsible for Sean’s death, but that was not what the jury was to decide.

Apparently, Canada now has stand your ground laws similar to those in the United States.

This means you can now legally kill someone if you perceive a threat and you have no duty to retreat.

Sean was extremely drunk, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.275, well over three times the legal limit to drive. He did not throw a punch and the jury decided he was somehow a threat to the accused’s girlfriend and deserved to die.

In Canada, you no longer are obligated to walk away or diffuse a situation you believe may arise, meaning you are now above the law.

It is strange that just days before this verdict, a similar case in Vancouver did result in a manslaughter conviction in which the threat was actually carried out.

It was bad enough to lose Sean to murder, but to then see a not guilty verdict has destroyed all credibility in our justice system.

The Dunn family
Kamloops

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