Teen convicted of manslaughter in fatal stabbing

Youth who killed Surrey dad Sam McGowan will be sentenced later this year.

Sam McGowan was stabbed to death in 2009. A jury found the teen who killed him guilty of manslaughter this week.

A 16-year-old has been found guilty of manslaughter in the killing of a Surrey man nearly two years ago.

The teen, who under the Youth Criminal Justice Act cannot be identified publicly, was initially charged with two counts of robbery and second-degree murder in the killing of Surrey’s Sam McGowan.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to the two robbery charges, and on Wednesday, a New Westminster Supreme Court jury delivered a not guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge, but found him guilty of manslaughter.

On Aug. 5, 2009, the teen and a friend committed two robberies, stealing cell phones from two other teens, one of them the son of McGowan.

A group of men gave chase, and 42-year-old McGowan found the teen under a porch.

Defence alleged the boy feared for his life. The teen, who was 14 at the time of the incident, plunged a knife into McGowan’s chest, penetrating his sternum and killing him.

According to defence lawyer David Tarnow, like the rest of the adults, McGowan had been yelling “You’re f___ing dead.”

The teen, Tarnow said, had no choice but to defend himself.

“Ultimately, he did what he did in order to survive,” he told the jury. “The streets of Surrey can be very tough.”

Michelle Proulx, McGowan’s girlfriend, said at the outset of the trial that his death is only getting more difficult as time passes.

“Everybody tells you it gets better with time,” Proulx said. “It’s not true – you adjust.”

“It’s been a long wait. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep,” she said, adding even when she does manage to get rest, she has nightmares.

A sentencing trial is scheduled for Oct. 7-8.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey man’s extensive report calls city’s policing claims ‘unsubstantiated garbage’

Surrey’s Richard Landale has taken public engagement to a whole new level

474 Surrey intersections monitored by live-feed cameras

Cameras prove to be useful tool for commuters, ICBC, RCMP

White Rock woman seeks fellow hockey players for BC 55+ Games

Sue Rittinger aiming to put Zone 3 women’s team together in time for September event

Surrey’s Eat the Dishes named finalist in Small Business BC awards

Marissa Bergeron says she ‘jumped for joy’ when she found out

Surrey RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Delta police officer

One officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving another officer is investigated

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

Mud slide prompts evacuation in Burnaby as rain saturates southern B.C.

About 20 metres of a five to six-metre high wall gave way

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Fraser Valley poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Most Read

l -->