Police have arrested and charged a 29-year-old man they believe is responsible for beating a homeless man to death in downtown Campbell River last year.
According to the Campbell River RCMP, Justin William Arnett, 29, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of 60-year-old Dean Dool.
Dool was assaulted out front of the Royal Bank on Shopper’s Row in Campbell River shortly before 11 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2020. He was transported to hospital, but later died from his injuries.
“These charges are one of the first steps in helping to bring closure to the victim’s family and friends. Our thoughts will still be with them as this case works its way through the court system,” Campbell River RCMP Inspector Jeff Preston said in a press release.
Arnett, according to the detachment, was arrested on an unrelated warrant late last week and remains in custody. He is set to appear in Provincial Court on Feb. 2.
Campbell River RCMP Const. Maury Tyre, media relations officer, told CHEK News that Arnett is not considered a suspect in other incidents involving Campbell River’s homeless population that took place around the time Dool was killed.
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