Man who pleaded guilty to Victoria manslaughter wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Man who pleaded guilty to Victoria manslaughter wanted on Canada-wide warrant
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An updated photo of Daniel Forrest Creagh.

A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2020 is now wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

Daniel Forrest Creagh pled guilty to manslaughter in the death of Joseph Gauthier.

Gauthier, a father of four, was found dead after Victoria police were called to the 1400-block of Hillside Avenue for a disturbance early in the morning on March 10, 2018. Police later deemed the death a homicide.

On June 28, Correctional Service Canada confirmed to CHEK News Creagh is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant.

“We can confirm that the offender is currently Unlawfully-at-Large, which is why CSC took immediate steps to issue a Canada Wide Warrant,” CSC said in a statement. “We are committed to locating the offender and having him return to our custody. We are working closely with our police partners to this end.”

“Once a warrant for an offender’s arrest is created and communicated to our police partners, they are responsible for executing the warrant. CSC will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that they have all the necessary information. To receive more information about the execution of a warrant or the apprehension of the offender, please contact the police of jurisdiction.”

The Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers shared that Creagh is wanted on the warrant and said he may be hiding out in Greater Victoria.

Anyone who sees him is advised to call 911. Anyone with information about where he may be can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or the group’s website.

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In the court proceedings in 2020, Creagh was originally charged with second-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He was sentenced to seven years, and handed a lifetime firearm prohibition.

Due to credit for serving time before he was sentenced, his total time sentence was reduced to four years, one month, eight days.

The following contains details of the death of Joseph Gauthier that may be distressing to some readers.

In the agreed statement of facts presented in court, there was a party at the Hillside Avenue home that night, fueled by drugs and alcohol.

A heated argument broke out between Gauthier and Creagh.

Gauthier ended up punching Creagh in the face several times inside the home, knocking him to the ground.

The altercation eventually moved out to the street, where Creagh, armed with a knife he had grabbed in the kitchen, stabbed Gauthier multiple times. The most fatal stab was to the heart.

Friends say Gauthier was unconscious and didn’t appear to be breathing. He was later pronounced dead.

Creagh fled the scene before being arrested by police the following morning in Langford.

-With files from CHEK News

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