Man pleads guilty in 2019 Brentwood Bay murder

Man pleads guilty in 2019 Brentwood Bay murder
Alan Chapman, 50, pled guilty to first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

A Nanaimo man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 20-year-old woman in a Central Saanich home in 2019 as well as two charges of aggravated assault.

50-year-old Alan Charles Chapman entered the guilty plea in the second-degree murder of Emily Caruana and the aggravated assault of her boyfriend Justin Booth and uncle John Caruana in Victoria Provincial Court Tuesday.

“Do you understand that by pleading guilty you are admitting you did these crimes?” the judge asked Chapman.

“That is correct justice,” said Chapman.

“Do you understand that your guilty pleas will result in your being convicted?” the judge asked.

“Yes,” said Chapman.

Chapman was arrested allegedly fleeing the scene after Emily Caruana was found dead in a Brentwood Bay home on Meadowlark Lane in the early hours of Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Booth and John Caruana were found seriously injured at the scene. Chapman also pled guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault in those attacks.

Police did not disclose exactly what happened in the attacks, describing it as a “violent struggle” at Caruana’s grandmother’s home.

A date will be set for Chapman’s sentencing later this month.

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