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Brotherston in court Nov. 28 on manslaughter charge

Nov 23 2012

Gregory Brotherston appeared Thursday in Western Communities provincial court on a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of a Colwood man.

Brotherston, the 31-year-old youngest son of former Highlands councillors Ken and Marie Brotherston, waived a preliminary hearing and elected to be tried by judge alone.

Brotherston is to appear in B.C. Supreme Court on Nov. 28 to enter a plea. Depending on the plea, the court will set a date for either trial or sentencing.

Brotherston was arrested Oct. 9 and charged with the Oct. 8 aggravated assault of Richard Green outside the Country Rose pub in Colwood.

Green, 57, died Oct. 14 at Victoria General Hospital, where he had been in a medically induced coma. After his death, Crown prosecutors raised the charge to manslaughter.

Green was a fixture at the Country Rose for more than 20 years. He was born and raised in Toronto, served in the air force and moved to Victoria in 1991.

Green had worked for B.C. Vital Statistics for the past 12 years.

He is survived by his 22-yearold son Kevin, mother Ruth and sisters Tracey and Shelley.

Brotherston remains in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre.

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