Upon arrival, a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body was located. He was transported to hospital in critical condition but later died of his injuries.
Police identified the victim as Paul Joseph Thorne (36) of Winnipeg.
Police indicate the investigation revealed the victim and his associates attended a “pre-arranged meeting” with two men at which time a dispute erupted. A gun was produced by one of the men who is alleged to have shot the victim.
The men fled and the victim was driven to hospital by his associates.
Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit continued the investigation.
On November 15, 2015, police arrested Devvin James Worthington (23) and Christian Abraham Boyd (24) and charged them with 2nd degree murder, firearms related offences and several charges regarding breach of court orders due to their alleged involvement.
Both men were detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
Police subsequently confirmed the suspects and victim in this case are associated with the gang and drug trade and believe the shooting occurred in the context of a drug deal.
Thorne is the twenty-first (21) reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg in 2015.
Five (5) homicide victims killed this year died as a result of firearm related murders.
The City of Winnipeg recorded twenty-five (25) homicides in both 2014 & 2013.
How is it two men can be charged with murder when it is likely only one of them fired the fatal shot?
Section 21 of the Criminal Code of Canada outlines the elements of the crime of being a Party to an Offence.
In brief, everyone is a party to an offence who commits the offence, does or omits to do anything with the intention of aiding a person t commit the offence, or abets any person in committing the offence.
The section also explains the principle of “common intention.”
In brief, “common intention” refers to situations where two or more people set out to commit a crime and in the process, commit several other crimes. All participants in the original crime are held accountable for any other offences that are committed in the transaction as all have a shared responsibility for the commission of the offence (s).
This section is commonly used in gang related crimes where the members of the gang encourage each other and participate in various aspects of a crime or a number of crimes.
Parties to offence
21. (1) Every one is a party to an offence who
(a) actually commits it;
(b) does or omits to do anything for the purpose of aiding any person to commit it; or
(c) abets any person in committing it.
(2) Where two or more persons form an intention in common to carry out an unlawful purpose and to assist each other therein and any one of them, in carrying out the common purpose, commits an offence, each of them who knew or ought to have known that the commission of the offence would be a probable consequence of carrying out the common purpose is a party to that offence.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 20th homicide of the year…
2014 – Nov 21
2013 – Nov 3
2012 – Sept 4
2011 – July 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Oct 23
2009 – Sept 30
2008 – Sept 12
2007 – Sept 29
2006 – Dec 21
2005 – Oct 8
2004 – Sept 20 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)