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Lawyer for accused in ammo transfer to Nova Scotia shooter criticizes lack of disclosure

January 28, 2021  By Canadian Press

A lawyer for one of three people who allegedly supplied ammunition to the gunman who murdered 22 people in Nova Scotia has criticized a lack of Crown disclosure.
The case began yesterday in Dartmouth.
R-C-M-P have charged Lisa Banfield, the 52-year-old spouse of the killer, with unlawfully transferring ammunition, specifically .223-calibre Remington cartridges and .40-calibre Smith and Wesson cartridges.
Police have laid the same charges against 64-year-old James Blair Banfield and 60-year-old Brian Brewster for offences alleged to have occurred in the month before the April killings.
During a brief date-setting appearance provincial court, Brewster’s lawyer, Tom Singleton, told the judge he’s dissatisfied with the disclosure of evidence.
He expressed skepticism about whether the RCMP had respected the rights of his client.
Mounties say on the night of April 18th, Lisa Banfield was handcuffed by the gunman, Gabriel Wortman, but managed to escape into nearby woods in Portapique.
She emerged the next morning and told police Wortman was driving
a police replica vehicle.
Wortman was later gunned down by police.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2021.

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