Gun charge trial postponed

Nanaimo: Gun charge trial for a man involved in a shootout on Wilgress Road in May 2010 has been postponed.

The gun charge trial for a man involved in a shootout on Wilgress Road in May 2010 has been postponed.

Simon Phillip Dockerill is charged with possession of a restricted firearm.

He was initially charged with murder following the late afternoon shooting which killed John Charles Borden, 47, and injured Dockerill and another man.

In July, Crown counsel requested that the murder charge be dropped following developments in the police investigation, which satisfied the Crown that the deceased initiated the exchange of gunfire that led to his death and Dockerill responded with an apparent act of self-defence.

His trial to deal with the remaining charge – possession of a restricted firearm – was scheduled to begin in Supreme Court in Nanaimo Monday, but Crown counsel Frank Dubenski said it has been postponed due to a health issue that prevents Dockerill’s lawyer from attending.

Dockerill returns to court Oct. 29 to fix a new date for trial.

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