VIIMCU makes arrest in connection with 2021 Saanich homicide

VIIMCU makes arrest in connection with 2021 Saanich homicide
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Saanich Police responded to a homicide on Battleford Avenue on Sept. 8, 2021.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has made an arrest and charges have been approved connected to a 2021 Saanich homicide.

Const. Markus Anastasiades with Saanich Police tells CHEK News the B.C Prosecution Service has approved charges against Scott Matheson, a 43-year-old man, of second-degree murder, who was arrested in Penticton.

Matheson has criminal offenses dating back to 2002, spanning from Penticton to Edmonton.

Some previous charges include one count of assault causing bodily harm, one count of obstructing a peace officer, and unauthorized possession of a firearm, to name a few.

On Sept. 8, 2021, police were called to a residence on Battleford Avenue where 64-year-old Robert Dobronay, who had been living in the basement suite, was found dead.

In 2021, the owner of a construction company told CHEK News he and his crew were working nearby when they heard someone saying “help me” between 10 and 10:30 a.m. before things went quiet.

The owner said he didn’t think much of it as the voice didn’t sound “too distressful” and said he is deeply regretful for not calling police as he never imagined it would have been a homicide.

He said after four to five minutes of quiet he then heard “please don’t,” followed by quiet again. Police arrived on scene about an hour later.

The charges were approved on Aug. 30, and Matheson is being held in custody in Penticton awaiting his next court appearance on Oct. 5.

With files from Kevin Charach

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