RCMP make arrest in 2020 homicide on Cowichan Tribes land

RCMP make arrest in 2020 homicide on Cowichan Tribes land
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A 2020 photo of police in front of the home of a victim of homicide.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit has made an arrest in the death of a 53-year-old man on Cowichan Tribes land in 2020, which police have determined to be a homicide.

Andrew Steve Alphonse, a 45-year-old man from Duncan, was arrested on March 1 in connection with the homicide, and has been charged with manslaughter.

On Jan. 20, 2020, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP responded to a home on Mulaqw Road where they found a man inside a house with serious injuries.

He was transported to hospital, where he later died.

At the time, Cowichan Tribes Chief William “Chip” Seymour told CHEK News the death hit him personally and the whole community hard.

Seymour was the victim’s soccer coach for numerous years between 1985 and 2005 when he was a member of the Cowichan Eagles soccer team.

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Alphone’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 4.

None of the charges have yet been proven in court.

-With files from Kendall Hanson

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