Gunman’s Spouse Charged with Ammunition Offence
The RCMP have charged three people for supplying ammunition to the gunman who killed 22 people in a rampage from Portaupique to Enfield last April.
The charges, laid today, include the gunman’s common-law wife, 52-year-old Lisa Diana Banfield of Dartmouth. Two others were also charged, including her brother 64-year-old James Blair Banfield of Sackville, and brother-in-law 60-year-old Brian Brewster, also of Sackville.
They are charged with unlawfully transferring ammunition, specifically .223 caliber Remington cartridges and .40 caliber Smith and Wesson cartridges, contrary to Section 101 of the Criminal Code.
Police were quick to say those charged cooperated in the investigation and had no prior knowledge of the gunman's actions on April 18 and 19. Investigators also determined the ammunition was purchased in Nova Scotia.
Out of respect for the families of the victims, police notified them of these charges prior to the public announcement.
The RCMP investigation continues and the public inquiry is now underway.
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