According to testimony in the Western Forest Products mill shooting trial

According to testimony in the Western Forest Products mill shooting trial

Jurors learn more about man accused of murder in Nanaimo mill shooting

NANAIMO – A summary of testimony as the trial of Kevin Addison concludes its second week.

Jurors learned more about a man accused of two counts of murder as the B.C. Supreme Court trial into the shooting at the mill on Nanaimo’s waterfront entered its second week.

Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern died in shooting at the Western Forest Products in April 2014, while Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly survived. Kevin Douglas Addison, 49, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Brian Butler, United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 president, took the stand Friday, and said when the mill was shut down in December 2008 for approximately two years, Addison was not among the workers called back to work.

Forty-one workers were called back and Butler said Addison was “the first senior person on the list not to be called.” A worker with less seniority had been hired ahead of Addison due to first aid certification. Butler said the union was against the move, but there was no grievance because the mill is entitled to have more first aid attendants.

Addison attempted to file a grievance in January 2011 and among the issues cited were millwright workers doing oiler work for which Addison said he was trained, and which he thought he should’ve been recalled to do. Butler told Scott Van Alstine, Crown counsel, that management had direction of the workforce and the millwrights had seniority.

In addition, Addison took issue with two contract carpenters.

Butler testified that the contract carpentry work was not ready to commence and management directed the carpenters, who were qualified welders, to do welding work. Addison thought he was qualified for the work, but Butler said the company had to recognize a worker’s competency and it had no record that Addison was a qualified welder.

Lunn was on a union committee assisting Addison with his grievances and Butler said the committee declined to receive them. Butler said the grievances were without merit.

Butler said Addison seemed upset that the grievances weren’t moving forward, but it was “nothing out of the ordinary.”

Earlier in the week, Dr. Robin Love, Addison’s family doctor, testified that Addison was exhibiting signs of depression, as Addison had told Love that he was avoiding social situations.

Love testified Wednesday that Addison was having trouble talking to people, didn’t want to go out and didn’t want to go to work, adding that Addison was feeling anxiety, which can often be linked to depression.

Wednesday also saw the testimony of Cpl. Mike Eggen, who was one of the officers who searched Addison’s residence after the shooting.

In a bedroom, Eggen said he saw a gun safe and a “cut-off portion of a gun barrel,” in the room. After opening the safe, nine firearms were found.

Upon searching a garbage can, Eggen found a “crumpled-up” towel and within that, sawdust, a blue hacksaw blade that had been broken into pieces, a wooden stock of a firearm with saw marks, rubber surgical tubing and a trigger lock that looked like it was damaged.

Eggen testified that he believed these items were related to the sawed-off shotgun that had been seized at the mill site.

Pay stubs, collection notices, telephone bills, as well as black electrical tape, were also found at Addison’s residence, said Eggen.

John Gustafson, Addison’s legal counsel, is expected to begin defence this week.

The trial is scheduled to run until Oct. 14.

For updates between publication dates, please visit www.nanaimobulletin.com or follow @karlyubulletin on Twitter.

Just Posted

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Curl B.C. chairperson Teri Palynchuk is this year’s winner of the Janette Robbins Award for leadership. Palynchuk is pictured here with the Curling Canada Foundation Cup along with past chairperson Peter Muir, left, and Curl B.C. CEO Scott Braley. (Photo courtesy Curl B.C.)
Nanaimo curling exec wins Curl B.C. leadership award

Teri Palynchuk receives Janette Robbins Award

(Black Press file photo)
RCMP: Air ambulance called to Whiskey Creek after crash involving 2 motorbikes

Both riders taken to hospital with serious injuries

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

Nanaimo author B.S. Thompson has released his debut novel, ‘The Book of Nodd.’ (Photo courtesy Nora Funk)
Nanaimo author invites readers into dangerous world of dreams in debut novel

B.S. Thompson unveils ‘The Book of Nodd’ with online launch June 20

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

There is an emergency shelter near the Golden Ears peaks. (Facebook/Special to The News)
Hiker fogged in on Golden Ears, spends 2 nights

Talon Helicopters, Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue bring him home Monday

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Island man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.
Tips to avoid scams targeting Vancouver Island seniors

In most cases, fraudsters impersonate an individual, business or agency seniors recognize and trust

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Most Read