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Man who killed partner has 'no memory'

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver



B.C. Supreme Court has allowed a man charged with murdering his common-law wife to plead guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter. Gerald Raymond Peters killed his partner in 2012 by plunging a knife into her heart. He says he has no memory of this.

In an agreed statement of facts, Peters is described to have gotten drunk with his partner Deborah Joseph off of stolen Listerine — which has an alcohol concentration of 26.9% — before heading back to their Kamloops home.

Hours later, Joseph was discovered dead — and Peters was repeatedly asking an officer, “What happened?”

The judge said there was no evidence the attack was provoked, and Peters’ lack of memory could show he “lacked the specific intent for murder.” 


Should being too drunk to remember killing someone be allowed as an excuse to receive a reduced sentence?

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