Jolt in the Nova Scotia killings: the common-law partner of the man responsible for the largest mass killings in Canadian history is now named in the class action lawsuit against the killer’s estate, according to various Canadian media.
The class action lawsuit launched by the families of the victims thus targets three more people: Lisa Diana Banfield, her brother James Banfield and her brother-in-law Brian Brewster.
These three people have already been accused, in a separate file, of illegally supplying ammunition to Gabriel Wortman. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), however, believe that the three accused were unaware of the killer’s plans.
Recall that he savagely murdered 22 people during a 125-kilometer run that lasted about 13 hours, on April 18 and 19, 2020, driving a fake police car while he was himself dressed as an RCMP officer. He had used pistols and had set fire to several places in his route, before ending his race under police fire.
Mme Banfield, age 52, was the sole heir to the killer, whose holdings stand at $ 2.1 million. Wortman, a trained denturist, owned money, three registered businesses, and six properties in Portapique and Halifax.
“It really is about us doing whatever it takes to ensure that the interests of our clients, families and individual victims of the events of April 2020 […] are protected. I don’t know if any part of this process is fun for our families, ”said Sandra McCulloch of Patterson Law, counsel for the plaintiffs’ representatives, as quoted by Global News.
Lisa Banfield had told police that the night the killing started in Portapique, the killer attacked and tied her up. She would have managed to get rid of herself and hide in the woods, before returning to her house the next morning.
A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the RCMP, the government of Nova Scotia and the federal government, accused of failing in their duty to protect.