A man charged in relation to the death of a Gabriola Island volunteer firefighter intends to see his case go to trial in B.C. Supreme Court.
William Sydney Goosman was charged with dangerous driving causing death in a Jan. 24, 2018 incident on Gabriola, where Jay Dearman was killed. According to the fire department’s website, Dearman was killed while out for a run and had been with the department since June 2012.
Michael Ritzker, Goosman’s legal counsel, told a provincial court judge in Nanaimo on Tuesday about his client’s intention and it has to be determined whether the case will go to Supreme Court.
A focus hearing is set for March 19 and Ritzker said he will justify having a preliminary inquiry, from which the court will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Ritzker said he will have to offer a list of witnesses.
If the case goes to trial, it would be with a judge presiding, with no jury.
Basil McCormick, Crown counsel, didn’t wish to comment.