How To Murder Someone And Not Face Justice
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Canada
Almost two years ago Michael Brophy was beaten to death at a notorious bar in Nananimo. The Grizzly B'ar Pub has since been closed by the Howard Johnson Motel. The trial of the three men involved in the beating concluded on Friday with a "not guilty" verdict. Was there any doubt that these three were the ones that beat Michael to death? No. Witnesses came forward to testify. The reasoning of the presiding judge(no jury trial) was that because it could not be determined who landed the fatal blow, that none of them are guilty! Apparently if you are swarmed and killed no one can be blamed for it because who knows who landed the fatal blow.
Comments to the local newspaper exressed outrage at the not guilty verdicts. Comments like "Now I know how to get away with murder," were typical.
The events that led to the death of Michael Brophy at a Nanaimo nightclub in October 2006 are straightforward according to Crown prosecutors; two brothers punched him viciously and within seconds a bouncer again punched the unconscious 20-year-old.
"What we have here is a premeditated attack . . . carried out with amazing ferociousness," said Crown prosecutor Brian Jones.
Charged with manslaughter in Brophy's death are club bouncer Buddha Sadu Gains, 41, whose original name is Steven Allen Gains, 40, and two brothers, Timothy Maybin, 23, and Matthew Maybin, 25.
The sobs of Michael Brophy's mother were the only sound in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo on Friday as the three men accused of killing her son were found not guilty of manslaughter.
Christine Brophy, holding back tears outside the courthouse, said that she and her mother and sister were in shock over the not-guilty findings.
"This is completely unbelievable, we can't believe it," she said.