Two teens released on bail, another remains in custody in stabbing death of Luka Gordic


Arvin Val Golic, 18, also charged with manslaughter

(UPDATE – JUNE 15, 2015: Golic is now under house arrest after being released from custody by provincial court on Monday, June 15)

TWO youths charged in last Sunday’s stabbing death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic of Burnaby were released on Wednesday on $5,000 bail each, but the third teen charged with manslaughter in connection with what is believed to have been an altercation between two groups spending the long weekend in Whistler, will remain in custody.

Those out on bail will have a curfew of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. None of the three can be identified because they are in youth court.

Arvin Val Golic, 18, of North Vancouver, has also been charged with manslaughter.

One of the defence lawyers, Brij Mohan, whose client was released on bail expressed sympathy for the victim’s family, but said that his client was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On Tuesday, he told the media: “All I can tell you is that from my own personal perspective and from the perspective of my client and his family I wish the clock could be turned back. My heart goes [out to the victim’s family] for this big loss.”

On Tuesday, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Sgt. Stephanie Ashton said: “This was a situation where a group of young people who knew each other had a dispute which turned deadly.”

She added: “There are some witnesses who have yet to speak with investigators about the death of Luka Gordic. We ask that those people come forward now and tell us what they know.”

The accused first appeared in court in North Vancouver on Tuesday.

Last Sunday (May 17), Whistler RCMP responded at about 30 minutes past midnight to a call of an incident near Main Street and located a 19-year-old male. The Lower Mainland resident was taken to a local clinic with life-threatening injuries. Despite medical efforts he was pronounced dead at the clinic.

Police took several suspects into custody and contacted the British Columbia Coroners Service and IHIT.

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  1. This is more than “wrong place at the wrong time”. How do four armed men just happen to attack an unarmed young man? Or that this involved a “group” of people with a dispute – again, it was four against one. This is first degree murder and anything less is an insult to justice, Luka, and his family.

  2. “Wrong place at the wrong time”????? seriously? these cowardly sociopaths swarmed this unarmed young man, viciously beat him and then stabbed him four times in the chest. He was not in the wrong place at the wrong time. They brutally murdered him and should be charged with nothing less than First Degree Murder. Time for things to change re brutality with no consequences.

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