Life sentences for youths convicted in slaying of Surrey mechanic

Two young men convicted of second-degree murder in the death of South Surrey mechanic Paul Prestbakmo have been jailed for life.

The young man, who was convicted after his trial on 18 May 2021, was sentenced as an adult by Justice Robert Hamilton in the Surrey Provincial Court on 4 November.

Under the Penal Code and the Youth Criminal Justice Act, parole eligibility for youths aged 15 and 16 respectively at the time of the offence in 2019 has been set at seven years.

Their names cannot be released under part of the bill, which remains in effect until the end of the appeal period.

The 45-year-old Aboriginal man known and loved in the White Rock-South Surrey community died in a parking lot at 18 Avenue and 152 Street just before 3:30 a.m. on August 16, 2019.

Evidence during the teen’s trial showed Prester Buckmore was stabbed 42 times in 26 seconds as he walked out of his residence to take out the trash and smoke a cigarette.

The convicted youngsters were uninvited guests at a nearby house party, and their chance encounter with Prestbakmo in the parking lot occurred during the second period of their wandering the streets in the early hours of that morning.

In his 2021 sentencing, Hamilton said numerous wounds on Prester Buckmore’s body during the altercation, as well as other factors – including the fact that the teens left the house party with knives – suggested they were carrying “lethal intent” kill.”

During a sentencing hearing in June, Hamilton learned from family and friends including Prestbakmo’s father, his sisters Angela and Elizabeth and brother Steve that he had always been a charming and outgoing man who was quick to protect. Vulnerable groups in the community.

Prestbakmo’s family has presented an argument to the court arguing that the two teenagers should be given adult sentences – which, in the judge’s judgment, is possible for teenagers over 14 who have been convicted of serious crimes.

If they were convicted of juvenile offenders under the YCJ law, the couple could receive a maximum sentence of 7 years for second-degree murder (4 years in custody; community balance, conditions and supervision).

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