Kamloops man pleads guilty to witness tampering

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A Kamloops man charged in connection with a murder case has pleaded guilty to attempting to obstruct justice.

Nathan Townsend, 26, is one of five men charged in connection with the October 2018 death of Troy Gold, whose body was found in the Lac Du Bois area late that month after he was reported missing on Oct. 3, 2018.

Townsend was arrested about a year later and has been in custody since.

On Thursday, Dec.16, court heard that Townsend, from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, contacted or attempted to contact a witness in the case on 64 occasions between January and October 2021. During one call, Townsend asked the person leave town. On another call, he suggested the person fake having COVID-19 so as not to have to testify.

Townsend pleaded guilty to the charge in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday in front of Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick, but he has yet to receive a sentence. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2022.

In the days after Gold’s disappearance, police could be seen scouring a Brocklehurst property belonging to Townsend’s grandparents.

Gold had been involved in the city’s drug trade, as is Townsend, who is also known as Nathan Pawluck. Townsend has been linked in the past to the Red Scorpions gang and its co-founder, Konaam Shirzad, who was shot to death outside his Kamloops home in Guerin Creek area in September 2017.

Gold’s murder was the first in a series of deadly gang-related incidents in the city over a violent five-month stretch that saw four people killed and a number of others injured.

Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week

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