Portapique: charge against shooter's spouse dropped


Portapique&nbsp ;: the charge against the shooter's spouse is withdrawn

Lisa Banfield, the spouse of the shooter in the April 2020 shootings in Nova Scotia, testifies at the Mass Casualty Commission public hearings on July 15, 2022.

Chief of charges against Lisa Banfield dropped.

Under the Criminal Code, she was charged in March with illegally giving ammunition to her husband, the author of the Portapique killings, in the months leading up to the April 2020 tragedy, which claimed the lives of 22 people.

Prosecutor Sarah Lane told Judge Theodore Tax in Provincial Court in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia that Ms. Banfield has completed the restorative justice process and the Crown is withdrawing the charge against her.

In Nova Scotia, this process allows people accused of crimes and victims to work together on a solution, which allows the accused to avoid having a criminal record .

Lisa Banfield, her brother and her brother-in-law were also accused of giving cartridges to the shooter. Police say none of the three were aware of the shooter's intentions.

Lisa Banfield's brother and brother-in-law also saw the charge which was against them to be withdrawn after going through the same process.

With information from The Canadian Press and Blair Rhodes, CBC


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