Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 11/30/2012 2:15 PM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 11/30/2012 7:29 PM | Updates
Manitoba justice officials are seeking increased parole eligibility against a Winnipeg man who beat a stranger to death as he tried to seek shelter from the cold.
Garvin Beardy, 31, was found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this year and now faces a mandatory penalty of life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. He returned to court Friday for sentencing, where the Crown asked for parole eligibility to be raised to 17 years.
Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser has reserved her decision.
Beardy and two other men were originally charged with the December 2008 killing of Radford Seaton, 35, inside a downtown apartment stairwell. Police believe Seaton was trying to escape the cold when he was randomly attacked while huddled inside the building at 200 Good St.
He suffered multiple blows to the head and face, which resulted in a skull fracture.
Beardy had been drinking with others in a nearby suite when he came across Seaton. Court heard robbery may have been the motive for the slaying, as a watch and MP3 player were stolen from the victim and were found in Beardy's possession.
Police also found the victim's blood on Beardy's clothing, and several witnesses identified him as the attacker.
Beardy is the only one to be convicted. Devon Massan was acquitted at trial last year, while his cousin, Kyle Massan, had his charges dismissed at a preliminary hearing.
"It is clear that Beardy was involved in the beating and assault of Seaton and tried to minimize it. It does not matter that the others, for whatever reason, could not be prosecuted successfully," Keyser said in handing down her verdict.
Beardy had pleaded not guilty and testified in his own defence that it was the Massan cousins who inflicted the majority of the damage. He did admit to kicking Seaton twice.
Keyser said that clearly made Beardy "a party to a multiple-party assault that culminated in the death of Seaton."
Updated on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:29 PM CST: Updates, removes references to homeless
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Humane society sticks up for Winnipeg zoo
Ferguson residents clean up, hope for calm night
City resumes search for CAO
Ghomeshi will plead not guilty:Lawyer
Black Friday booming
Perreault out, Peluso in as Jets tackle Sabres
Life sentence upheld for conviction in rooming-house fire that killed 5
Concert set to help Bannock Lady
New Brunswick to ease access to abortion
New clam species discovered off B.C. coast
Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story
Charges laid in Red Sucker Lake homicide
Winning designs for 2015 warming huts unveiled
Province to create new policing program for First Nations
Feds warn dozens of First Nations may lose funding
Dauphin police seek teen missing nearly a week
Housing affordability improves in Manitoba
Complaints of police misconduct down in 2013: report
Calgary-based transport giant acquires Gardewine Group
City man found dead in river near Belize home
Seal death raises questions
Canada Post on track to profit in 2014
Goldeyes deal Blackwood to T-Bones
Fire destroys St. Norbert home, damages home next door
Wilgosh to leave top job with WRHA
Farmers in Manitoba having a good year so far
Closer to exoneration
Bitterly cold November day one to remember
Activists raise Raqqa strikes' death toll to 95
No one wins in Douglas case
Hutchinson's hand still hot
Try not to be haughty, enjoy humour à la potty
Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push
Police ID officers involved 12-year-old's shooting
Home ownership slightly more affordable in Q3
New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand'
In Britain, US turkey dinner is big for business