Katherine Brittain, whose ex-husband shot and killed 4 individuals in Penticton, B.C., stays “shocked and saddened” by the crimes and had no thought he would resort to homicide, a press release from her lawyer mentioned.
John Brittain pleaded responsible to 3 counts of first-degree homicide and one depend of second-degree homicide Wednesday for the April 2019 shootings. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in jail with no likelihood of parole for 25 years.
B.C. Supreme Court docket heard that John believed his victims — Rudi Winter, Darlene Knippelberg and Susan and Barry Wonch — had been harassing his estranged spouse for years.
Katherine’s lawyer, Michael Welsh, launched a press release on her behalf saying regardless of unfounded rumours, she had no data John would take the lives of the 4 neighbours, by no means prompt he kill them and by no means wished hurt upon them.
“She was and stays devastated and appalled by these killings,” the assertion learn.
“Mr. Brittain’s actions destroyed the lives of the households of the victims and Ms. Brittain’s personal life. She can’t fathom how he might ever imagine that, in taking these lives, he was someway serving to her.
One of many crime scenes at a house close to Cornwall Drive and Murray Drive in Penticton. (Ben Nelms/CBC)
“That he did so, considering he was appearing on her behalf, is a burden she is going to carry her entire life.”
John and Katherine Brittain divorced in 2014, the assertion mentioned.
The assertion famous Katherine had bylaw disputes with two neighbours however they have been being dealt with by the correct channels.
The assertion mentioned she was “terrorized” and her property was vandalized following the shootings.
She is talking out now, the assertion mentioned, as a result of court docket proceedings are full.
Learn the assertion:
Ms. Brittain stays shocked and saddened by the actions of John Brittain, whom she divorced in January 2014. Regardless of groundless rumours, she needs the neighborhood to know that she by no means wished any hurt to any of the deceased victims. She had no prior data that Mr. Brittain supposed to kill anybody, and by no means prompt that he accomplish that. She was and stays devastated and appalled by these killings. The issues she had reported to the Metropolis of Penticton of two neighbours violating metropolis bylaws have been ones she was coping with by correct channels with town. She by no means wished Mr. Brittain to be concerned, and by no means imagined he might act as he did. Mr. Brittain’s actions destroyed the lives of the households of the victims, and Ms. Brittain’s personal life. She can’t fathom how he might ever imagine that, in taking these lives, he was someway serving to her. That he did so, considering he was appearing on her behalf, is a burden she is going to carry her entire life . The decide at his sentencing listening to this week said she accepted as proven fact that nobody, which incorporates Ms. Brittain, had any concept that Mr. Brittain would do what he did. As was acknowledged by Mr. Brittain in court docket, my consumer can also be a sufferer of his actions. She has been terrorized, and her property has been considerably vandalized on account of blame for his actions being baselessly hooked up to her. She solely hopes that with Mr. Brittain taking correct accountability for his actions, and the court docket sentencing him appropriately, the Penticton neighborhood can start to heal and that folks, significantly the households of the victims with whom she deeply sympathizes, will settle for that she had no half in his horrific actions.