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Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« on: September 16, 2015, 06:09:45 AM »
The body of Truro police officer Catherine Campbell has been found.

Campbell's father Dwight confirmed the news this morning.

In a news release just before 8 a.m., Halifax Regional Police said officers located female human remains in a wooded area east of Barrington Street at North Street at 12:10 a.m.

While an autopsy is scheduled for later today, believe the remains to be those of 36-year-old Campbell and are treating her death as a homicide, police said.

She was a Constable with the Truro Police Service who was reported missing on Monday by her employer after she failed to show up for work.

Initially, police reported that Campbell was last seen at her Windmill Road address.

However, the investigation has since revealed that she attended a bar in downtown Halifax in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 11.

Investigators in the Homicide Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have a male suspect in custody in connection with Campbell’s death.

The 27-year-old Halifax man was arrested at 1:20 a.m. in Clayton Park and is being questioned.

Campbell had just moved to Dartmouth from Stellarton at the end of May.

Truro Police Service Insp. Rob Hearn confirmed Tuesday that Campbell has been a constable there since 2009. She was hired with the force upon graduation from Holland College.

Prior to joining the police force, Catherine Campbell was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years with the Stellarton Fire Department.

“We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Catherine Campbell at this extremely difficult time,” police said in a press release. “Her family respectfully requests that the media offer them privacy as they grieve Catherine’s passing.

“Our thoughts are also with the Truro Police Service on the loss of one of their own. We can attest that losing a member of the policing family is extremely hard to bear but would be even more difficult given the tragic circumstances of Catherine’s death. The entire police community is mourning this loss.”

Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin will be speaking with reporters about the homicide at police headquarters at 10:30 a.m. More information is expected to be available at that time.

Truro Police Service Chief David MacNeil is expected to speak to media at noon.
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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2015, 08:47:29 PM »
It is just so senseless, another female gone too young from some jerk of a male that has nothing between his two ears. What in the hell is going on when a woman like Catherine, who had training in her field of work and was murdered. I just don't get it. They said he was not her boyfriend, but she knew him. I don't know the details of that, but they arrested him right away. Someone must have known where she was that evening, because they had him in custody in a very short time. My thoughts and prayers go out to her parents and friends and co-workers. I don't know anything about this young woman, but it sure is not easy to be a volunteer fire person or a police officer and she had been in that business for quite a while. What can we do in this country to stop the violence. All of this happened at the same time two people were murdered in Alberta, totally senseless loss of life and a baby. All of those acts of violence committed by young men. Well someone better start teaching something out there and getting to the hearts of these people. They cannot have any compassion or feeling in their bones when they can cold bloodedly just take someone's life. I just can't understand it, that it goes on and on and on. :o :o :o :o :o :o


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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 10:26:20 AM »
Shared with the fair dealings provisions of the Copyright Act:

Police charge Frank Magazine's Andrew Douglas with violating publication ban in murder case

Reporter and editor will fight the charges, says story that allegedly violated the ban was published before the ban was imposed.

Jul 27, 2016 5:48 PM by: Ian Fairclough

Halifax Regional Police have charged Frank Magazine reporter and editor Andrew Douglas with violating a court-ordered publication ban in the murder case against Christopher Calvin Garnier.

Garnier, 28, is accused of killing off-duty Truro Police Service officer Catherine Campbell last September in Halifax and interfering with her remains.

Douglas, 39, is accused of violating a publication ban imposed July 11, at the beginning of a preliminary inquiry for Garnier.

Police alleged that information that was covered by the ban was in a story Frank Magazine published online on July 11, and in the print edition that hit newsstands July 13.

Police say they started their investigation July 13.

A Halifax Regional Police officer served Douglas with a summons over the supper hour Tuesday at Douglas' Halifax home.

Douglas said that happened after he was asked to pick up the summons, but refused.

He said the it's the first time he or the magazine have ever faced a criminal charge in the 11 years he's been there, and he doesn't think it has ever happened in the history of the magazine.

While he hasn't retained a lawyer yet, Douglas said he expects one of the main points of that will be argued is his position that the story was published before the ban was imposed.

“Every other publication ban case I know of is black and white, cut and dried, they did it or meant to do it,” he said. “But this is the exact opposite of a black and white case. Our story was published before the publication ban was implemented.”

The print version is printed on Monday mornings, so would have come off the presses the same day the ban was imposed.

Douglas said he expects the first thing his lawyer will do is look to see if there is precedence for a charge being laid in similar circumstances.

“I imagine they'll find that it hasn't. I certainly can't think off the top of my head, and after some Internet sleuthing, if the charge has ever been laid when an article had been published and a publication ban has been issued after the publication of the article.”

“It's absolutely not a black and white case, and they're going to have a big fight on their hands.”

Douglas said that fight will go through as many levels of the courts as needed but he can't see it coming to that.

“I'd have a hard time believing if they even continue on with this,” he said. “Maybe the Crown won't even carry the ball after it gets out of (the police investigators') hands.”

He said he's also concerned the charges could affect how reporters cover court cases.

“There's libel chill, I wonder if this is going to create a sort of a publication ban chill, where reporters not only have to worry about current publication bans, they have to worry about ban that might come into effect at some point down the road, after they publish, that could get them in trouble.”

Douglas said a news release issued by Halifax Regional Police on Tuesday said the story came out the same day as the ban was issued, but it doesn't specifically say it happened afterward.

“All it does is establish that both things happened on the same day. You'd think that if it was true, they would say that Frank Magazine came out with this story after the publication ban was implemented, which is interesting in and of itself,” he said.

On its Facebook Page and Twitter, the magazine posted on July 11 that it was taking the story offline, but it was later reposted.

Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Const. Alicia Joseph said police received “numerous complaints” that led to the investigation into the alleged breach of the publication ban.

She wouldn't talk about the timing of the publication of the article compared to the imposition of the ban, saying that would be a question for the Crown.

“Certainly we take this very seriously. Any time there's an (alleged) breach of a publication ban . . . that is brought to our attention we do investigate, and if there are grounds to lay a charge we do so because it's very, very serious.”

Joseph said she didn't know whether the complaints came from within or outside the justice system.

Public Prosecution Service spokeswoman Chris Hansen said the Crown has yet to see the file from police.

“We probably won't have the file until closer to the court date,” she said.

The Crown will look at the evidence to determine whether it should proceed with the case.

“It's the police decision to lay charges, and once we have the file we assess the evidence and apply our two-part test,” Hansen said.

The Crown looks first at whether there a realistic prospect of getting a conviction. If so, it considers whether it's in the public interest to proceed with the case.

“We're constantly assessing a case, even through the trial, and if at any time we assess that there is no realistic prospect of conviction, then we're obligated to halt the prosecution,” Hansen said.

This is the third time in three years that police have laid a charge of breaching a publication ban involving a high-profile case in the Halifax region.

In March 2016, CTV Atlantic was fined $4,000 for mistakenly broadcasting video footage that showed the faces of two young offenders on a supper-hour newscast last summer.

And in March 2015, David Winslow Sparks was fined $1,500 and put on probation for a year for using Facebook to post the name of the complainant in a a sexual assault case against Halifax lawyer Lyle Howe.

Sparks posted the name after a jury convicted Howe in 2014. That conviction was later overturned on appeal.

I had a copy of the article given to me and can see why the cops would be pissed that it was published.


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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 04:03:42 PM »

Crown 'shocked' as man accused of killing off-duty officer Catherine Campbell gets bail
Christopher Garnier released on house arrest ahead of trial scheduled to begin next November
By Blair Rhodes, CBC News Posted: Dec 20, 2016

A supporter of accused murderer Christopher Garnier let out a whoop as a judge granted bail to the 29-year-old Halifax man, who is charged in the death of off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell.

Garnier is charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body. He's been in custody since shortly after Campbell's body was discovered under the Macdonald Bridge in September 2015.

Police say Garnier killed Campbell in an apartment on McCully Street in central Halifax, then wheeled her body in a green bin through the city streets and dumped her under the bridge. None of the allegations have been proven in court.

On Tuesday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Timothy Gabriel released Garnier on bail ahead of next year's trial. The conditions of release include 24-hour house arrest.

"The Crown is shocked and disappointed in that outcome and that's how we feel at this point," Crown prosecutor Carla Ball said outside the Halifax courtroom.

"The Crown's feeling was that there were concerns for the safety of the public and that confidence in the administration of justice would be depleted if he were released."

Garnier buries head in hands

In court, Garnier buried his head in his hands when he learned he would be freed from jail. A supporter let out a whoop and went out to tell Garnier's girlfriend, Brittany Francis, who is expected to be a witness at trial and has been excluded from court proceedings so far.

Members of Campbell's family, who have attended every court appearance, remained stone-faced. Some of them had sobbed at earlier points during the one-and-a-half day bail hearing.

Ball had to shepherd Campbell's family through the courthouse, away from Garnier's family.

Bail conditions

Evidence from the hearing is banned from publication. Garnier is scheduled to go on trial next November before a judge and jury.

Gabriel has imposed strict conditions on Garnier's release. In addition to house arrest, they include:

His mother, father and stepmother are to act as his sureties.
They must post $100,000 to guarantee his behaviour on release.
He is to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
He must stay away from the 20 witnesses the Crown plans to call. The only exception is his girlfriend.
He must not possess weapons.
He must not try to obtain a firearms certificate.
He must not possess or try to obtain travel documents. Police have his current passport.
'My client is happy'

Garnier is also allowed out to attend work and he gets two hours a week to run errands. He must check in with Halifax police in person twice a week, on Wednesdays and Fridays.

He must live with his father and stepmother at their condo on Shore Drive in Bedford or with his mother in Millville in Cape Breton. One of his sureties must escort him between the two addresses.

"Needless to say, my client is happy and his family is happy that he will be in their care and custody during the strict terms of his bail," Garnier's lawyer, Joel Pink, said outside court.

Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2017, 01:12:22 PM »

Man charged in death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell back behind bars
Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with breaching the conditions of his release on bail
By Susan Bradley, CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2017

Christopher Calvin Garnier, charged with second-degree murder in the death of off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell, is back in jail for allegedly breaching his release conditions.

The 28-year-old Halifax man was granted bail in December.

Garnier is also charged with interfering with a dead body after Campbell's remains were found in September 2015 near the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax.

His trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 20, 2017.

Halifax police could not locate Garnier during checks at a Bedford apartment building Feb. 17 and 18, police said in a release Tuesday

They contacted Cape Breton Regional Police who found the man on Feb. 18 at a Millville residence on Boularderie Island where he is permitted to reside.

Police "made numerous attempts to contact Garnier that went unanswered," the release said.

Cape Breton police arrested Garnier and he was taken back to Halifax.

He was arraigned on three counts of breaching his release conditions in Halifax provincial court Tuesday morning and remains in custody until his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2017, 05:49:58 AM »

Murder trial begins today in death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell
Christopher Garnier faces trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court for 2nd-degree murder
By Blair Rhodes, CBC News Posted: Nov 20, 2017

A second-degree murder trial begins this morning in a Halifax courtroom for a Nova Scotia man accused of killing off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell in September 2015.

Christopher Garnier, 29, was charged after Campbell's body was found under the Macdonald Bridge in Halifax, a few days after she failed to report for her job as a Truro police officer. Garnier is also charged with interfering with a dead body.

He has been free on bail under strict conditions since December 2016 after spending more than a year in custody.

Jury selection begins today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Because of pre-trial publicity, prospective jurors will be questioned using a process called challenge for cause. They'll be asked whether they've heard anything about this case. If they have, they'll be asked whether they can put that out of their minds and concentrate only on the evidence they will hear at trial.

The process means a larger-than-normal jury pool will be called and the process could stretch over a couple of days until a 14-member panel is picked. Only 12 people will ultimately decide Garnier's fate. Two extras are selected in case any juror is forced to drop out during the trial.

A total of 23 days have been set aside for the case, which means a verdict is expected just before Christmas.


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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2017, 01:15:09 PM »
I do hope that Garnier gets the maximum sentence for this brutal murder of Officer Campbell, a young woman out for an evening. We think about how that evening started, as normal people go out on a Friday or a Saturday night and as old as we are some of us still like to go for a beer and wings or something like that. But this lady possibly knew people at that bar and that is why she went there, she felt comfortable. However, we do not know what occurred that evening. We hear she was being aggressive towards this man in a romantic way, well who knows what he put in her drink. I don't remember anything about a report on her blood work for that night.  So this is three people who did not know each other at the start of the evening. Garnier and his friend at some point met up with Catherine. So isn't it ironic that Garnier's friend ended up in the drunk tank all night (and this is one time it may have been the best thing that ever happened to him).  Garnier ended up charged with second degree murder and Catherine was a victim of a brutal homicide and did not ever get to go home again and was left in a dumpster and pushed under a bridge. So I guess in Halifax they call that a fun night, just saying, what a tragedy. And we've seen things like this happen in other parts of Canada and the US, women go out and young men and it all ends up in a tragedy.  I just also want to make a few comments on what I think happened that night.  I believe Catherine accompanied Garnier to his friend's apartment, possibly for a continuation of an evening, they were consenting adults. However, at some point I think Garnier became aggressive for some reason and that Catherine, being a Police Officer, not on duty, may have been going to place him under arrest or stated she was going to contact officers for help and attempted to call someone. That is what I think happened. I think that Garnier flipped and hit her and it escalated to ending  her life. That is what I think happened that evening.  The reason I say this is: The evidence of an eye witness indicated that after 5:00 a.m., he was standing on his balcony and saw a man cursing and swearing pushing a garbage bin over towards the bridge and placing it there and saw him walking back.  He also stated the man was in his bare feet. So even after he killed Catherine, he was still angry. So he didn't even think anything about her safety, so why didn't he call the ambulance after he hit her, he could have gotten her help and it would not have ended in murder. No, he did not do that and for the simple reason, he was trying to protect himself for some reason. But in all the efforts of trying to protect himself, he ended up killing Catherine in a fit of rage.  That is my opinion on what happened in that case that night. I do hope the prosecution thinks about that and brings it up at the trial. He is a brutal killer and should not be set free. He makes me sick to look at  him.  The girlfriend that came and stood by his side, she is going to regret that. She is only young and she just should run farther away from him instead of standing in the courtroom. 


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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 01:51:05 PM »
The jury got it right.


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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 02:58:58 PM »
What did he get?



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Re: Catherine Campbell, Missing N.S. Police Officer
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2018, 06:17:30 PM »
He got life in prison. But he was supposed to come back to court for when he would be eligible for parole. I am not sure if he went back to court yet for that or not. Also, I heard he was appealing the sentence he got, some kind of hogwash story for his appeal. Everyone has the right to an appeal, but they have to have grounds for it and there were three or four named on TV, I can't remember what they were now, but that is what every convicted person goes on with. So we'll be watching to see what he thinks he's going to squirm out of here. It was hard to think of what happened that this turned into such a brutal murder of a young woman. There were two more homicides in Dartmouth this weekend, one a male and the other a female and they were only a couple of blocks away from each other in different apartment buildings. There was nothing to say they are connected at this time. The crime rate is sure escalating in the Halifax area. :o :o :o :o :o :o