The main Crown witness at a North Shore shooting in June has recanted, forcing a delay in the trial.
Crown lawyer Frank Caputo successfully applied Friday for an adjournment of Trevor Michael Wilvers’ trial, which was scheduled to start next week.
The application for adjournment was made by the Crown based on a recanting by Trevor Newton, who was on the scene when RCMP made arrests at the Brunner Avenue home on June 7.
RCMP took a statement from Newton after arrest. But he subsequently made another statement to RCMP, stating his earlier recollection was wrong.
The Crown alleges a gun was fired in the upstairs unit of the home; the bullet traveled through the floor, striking a woman living downstairs with her husband and child.
At the time of the arrest, RCMP said two men arrested with Wilvers were associates. Wilvers, who is in custody, has a record for violent, property and drug offences.
Wilvers is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, unlawfully causing bodily harm, assault and four firearms offences. He has pleaded not guilty.
Other reasons for the Crown adjournment application cited by prosecutor Caputo were a warrant needed for another witness and the fact RCMP are doing a follow-up investigation on a vehicle that was at the scene.
A date is expected to be set in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday for the trial.