Kamloops killer has appeal denied

By James Peters
June 28, 2016 - 11:00am

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man who pleaded guilty to stabbing his best friend to death in 2012 - but then appealed his own guilty plea - has had his appeal dismissed.

On July 15, 2012, Torbin Alec stabbed Jesse Seymour to death after a fight outside a Columbia Street home.

Alec was originally charged with second degree murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2014.

Between the guilty plea and his sentencing, Alec lost his legal representation.

That's when he asked to have his guilty plea set aside, saying it was invalid and he had new evidence to support that he acted in self defence.

In a decision released today, the BC Court of Appeal said Alec's guilty plea was valid, and Alec had not presented evidence to provide grounds for setting it aside.

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