The spouse of the man who killed 22 people in the April mass shootings in Nova Scotia was accused of providing the gunmen with ammunition he used during the rampage, but police said they did and two relatives, also charged, did not know how they would be used

Lisa Diana Banfield, 52, from Dartmouth is said to have been illegally displaced Remington cartridges of caliber 223 and Smith & Wesson cartridges of 40 caliber between 17 March and 18 April 2020

James Blair Banfield, 64, of Beaver Bank, N.S.and Brian Brewster, 60, of Lucasville, NS.are also confronted with the same charge under Section 101 of the Criminal Code

RCMP would not comment on Lisa Banfield’s relationship with the two men. CBC News has learned that the men are Lisa Banfield’s older brother and brother-in-law

RCMP said in a press release on Friday that the three “had no prior knowledge of the gunman’s actions on Aug. and 19th April had “

This weekend, Gabriel Wortman killed 22 neighbors, acquaintances and strangers in several communities in rural Nova Scotia while disguising himself as an RCMP officer

He set his own house, garage, and three other houses on fire over a period of 13 hours before being shot by police at a gas station in Enfield, N.after a long search

Banfield is suing Wortman’s estate, originally valued at more than $ 1 million In her statement of complaint filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, she said she was the victim of an attack and a battery and had physical, Suffered emotional and psychological injuries and trauma In June, she also waived her right to be an executor of his will

There is a separate proposed class action lawsuit against the gunman’s estate alleging that he is liable to the families of victims who lost their lives or who were injured as a result of his actions

Several people told investigators that the shooter had a history of violence and was abusive according to search warrant documents. A woman who previously lived in Portapique told RCMP in 2013 that the dentist had illegal weapons and tried to strangle Banfield / p>

Brenda Forbes said she had never heard what happened to her complaint but she said RCMP officers told her at the time that since she had no photos of the guns and Banfield did not file a complaint, they were in hers Limited options

The day the rampage began, according to court documents, Wortman and Banfield were celebrating their anniversary

The couple worked together and lived through Wortman’s prosthesis clinic on Portland Street in Dartmouth and spent time in the cottage they shared in Portapique

RCMP said the violence started when the gunman attacked her and held her back, and later told investigators she initially hid in a truck before spending hours in a wooded area in Portapique before hitting around 6 A clock knocked on a neighbor’s door, according to a summary of the interviews, she gave RCMP

Police never released the exact type of guns Wortman used in the rampage, but they have said he illegally obtained pistols and rifles, three came from the U.S. and one came from the estate of someone he knew in Canada

Through a request for access to information, the National Post learned that Wortman used two semi-automatic rifles and two pistols in the rampage, the details were disclosed in short notes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Wortman also took the service pistol from Const Heidi Stevenson, which he killed in Shubenacadie

On Friday, the RCMP declined to answer questions about the charges that were first brought in connection with mass shootings

“In order to ensure a fair trial for those who have been charged and are currently under public investigation, the most appropriate and impartial way to provide additional information is by our full participation in the investigation,” said Supt Darren Campbell in a statement

Attorney Robert Pineo, who represents the victims’ families, said they were “relieved” by the charges

“They consistently feel that this was an important piece of the missing puzzle. Through circumstantial evidence and some information from the community, [they] feel that there is an involvement that extends beyond the killer himself,” said Pineo. This information helped them calm down “

His clients are involved in two class action lawsuits: one against the killer’s estate and one against the province and the RCMP over the police’s reaction during the tragedy

Pineo said its clients felt that the RCMP was not “open” at all during their investigation

“There was sporadic communication with the families, but usually nothing substantial about investigating which avenues are being investigated – even information about their own deceased family members was missing,” he said. “The more information there is, the more relief they feel “

Michael Arntfield, a criminologist at Western University in London, Ont agreed that little information was provided throughout the investigation

“That is their prerogative, but [the new charges] give some assurance that it has now been confirmed that behind-the-scenes investigations have been carried out and that people who have helped and assisted Mr. Wortman will have to respond,” he said

Arntfield suspects more charges may be brought, he said there were still many unanswered questions about things like the gunman’s mocked police vehicle and how he could obtain his illegal weapons

“These recent allegations show that Wortman was not a one-man operation and relied on accessories,” Arntfield said. “There are just too many moving parts for him to do without assistance,”

He said the decision to indict the gunman’s spouse under common law would “be troublesome”

On the one hand, he said it was clear that Banfield was aware of Wortman’s guns and police requirements, on the other hand, “you have a documented victim of domestic violence who obviously would not feel safe to reveal it”Police”

“Your role as a stakeholder has only been identified as a victim by the police and now there seems to be a U-turn,” said Arntfield. “So what we are missing are the parts in between that would confirm why this change is deemed necessary became “

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