Item: 2 Charged in shooting death of UVic student.
Philbert Troung, age 20, was a Psychology Major at the University of Victoria. His girlfriend claims he planned a career in law enforcement.
Police have charged a man from the Lower Mainland - Somphayanh (Tommy) Chanthabouala, age 22, and a 16 year old male with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Tommy was at a downtown Victoria nightclub on Sunday night, carrying a loaded handgun. Male aggression fueled by booze led to a lethal confrontation. Philbert didn't know that Tommy was concealing a hand gun, and of course he didn't back down. His manhood was at stake and psychology failed him. Now he's dead and two others are recovering from bullet wounds. Chanthabouala’s lawyer told Island media that his client is from the Lower Mainland. Chanthabouala's car is registered to a Surrey, B.C. address.
Troung's girlfriend was a witness to the senseless killing and commented: "I just know that if he was sober, he would have walked away. He may be [a] tough guy — really cocky and stuff, may act all tough — but I know deep down he would have been scared, and he would have walked away."
Well ladies and gents, I live in an area where there have been more than a dozen execution murders in last five years, at least three of them at traffic intersections. (Which explains why many outlaws choose to run the lights.)I don't give a damn what some bean counters at Statistics Canada have to report. Crime is not on the decline where I live. It is just under-reported. Unless of course the victim needs a police Incident Number to use in filing an insurance claim. I couldn't total up how many times in a year friends tell me stories of theft or destruction of their valuable property, which they didn't bother to report to the switchboard at the nearest detachment.
Item: "Canada's spreading cannibis crop" In a report written for the BBC, Misha Glenny (author of McMafia) describes illicit drug production and distribution in B.C. and laying blame at the door of B.C.s urban Middle Class. Mr. Glenny, a Londoner, collected RCMP estimates for the drug sector of our provincial economy, supported by 20,000 urban grow-ops hereabouts. "If Inspector Cantera's estimates are accurate, then British Columbia is probably home to the largest concentration of organised criminal syndicates in the world." - Is there anyone in B.C. reading this Blog who cannot go to a window of their home and point at a nearby grow-op or dealer? Their "lifestyle" only becomes a "crime" when bullets start to fly.