Tensions were high in a Duncan courtroom Tuesday as the man accused of Friday’s violent murder and attempted murder in Chemainus made his first court appearance.
25 year old Colin John has now been charged with the attack that’s sent shockwaves through the Cowichan Valley.
Family and friends of murdered Chemainus man Derek Descouteau lined the sidewalk outside the Duncan courthouse, waiting to come face to face with the man accused of violently taking his life.
“He was a brother to every person here,” says longtime friend Robert Jeeves. “He wasn’t a friend, we all considered him family.”
This tight knit group is in shock at the 20 year old’s senseless killing outside his Chemainus home Friday afternoon.
“It’s just such a shame that this had to happen to him,” says Jeeves. “The happiest guy everyone knows. He puts a smile on everyone here’s face. I worked with him everyday at the Western Forest Products Mill and everyday he went there to make people smile.”
Neighbours say it appears he was just talking to a 16 year old girl behind his pick up truck when the next door neighbour, who is known around town as a troubled man, told them to quiet down and then allegedly attacked with a knife.
“There are a lot of theories about what precipitated this attack but we’re not speaking to that at this point,” says Cpl. Krista Hobday of North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
25 year old Colin John made his first court appearance today charged with 2nd degree murder for Descouteau’s killing, and attempted murder for the seiorus injuries the 16 year old girl is now recovering from in a Vancouver hospital.
“Everyone knew that he had something wrong with him,” says Robert Jeeves referring to the accused. “And it’s just too bad that we couldn’t figure this out before maybe get him more mental attention before something like this has to happen.”
Now Descouteau’s friends and family are planning for his memorial, and taking care of the 20 year old mill worker’s beloved dog Harvey as their own. And vowing to see this court case to its end for their friend.
Colin John’s next court appearance is June 14th.