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Christmas party killer’s conviction upheld by B.C. Supreme Court 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

The B.C. Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who shot and killed his ex-boss during a Christmas work party five years ago.

Eric Allen Kirkpatrick, who was fired by TallGrass Distribution Ltd., on Dec. 11, 2008, shot and killed Ben Banky the following day at a staff party held by the natural medicine firm.

In December 2010, he was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder.

On Monday, the B.C. Court of Appeal rejected the 66-year-old’s appeal.

After being let go by the company following a negative review during a performance assessment, at the firm’s office party the next afternoon, “He came into the premises carrying a shotgun in a case and a present,” Justice John Hall wrote.

The victim, Banky, was followed to an office near the company boardroom and shot at four times, twice while he was prone on the ground.

“He claimed he did not take the shotgun to TallGrass to harm anyone, but merely intended to shoot up some computer equipment at the firm,” Hall wrote.

“This is another case, all too common in North America, of a disgruntled former employee returning to his workplace and wreaking havoc.”


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