Drunk driver will bear burden, stigma of B.C. officer's death for life: lawyer

By The Canadian Press
July 7, 2017 - 10:36am Updated: July 7, 2017 - 11:09am

COLWOOD, B.C. — A lawyer for a man who was speeding and drunk when his truck rammed a police cruiser near Victoria says his client will carry the burden of killing a Mountie for the rest of his life.

Dale Marshall told a sentencing hearing for Kenneth Fenton that the stigma of the tragedy has also had an impact on his client’s parents, who have endured name calling, spitting and vandalism at their local business.

Marshall says Fenton was verbally attacked in the parking lot of the courthouse after his appearance last month and one man suggested that Fenton should kill himself.

Const. Sarah Beckett, a married mother of two young boys, was killed when Fenton ran a red light and hit her cruiser broadside in April 2016.

The Crown has asked for a three- to five-year sentence for the 29-year-old man, while his defence says a three-year sentence would be more appropriate.

The B.C. Prosecution Service says Fenton is expected to be sentenced on July 14.

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