Lloyd William Cook has been found not guilty of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death.
Photo by Brent Braaten of Prince George Citizen
A child protection activist is asking why the public was not alerted that Lloyd William Cook was living and working in the Oliver area.
Julie Nyikos told the Chronicle that Cook had been residing here and working in at least one local church during the past four years.
Cook had been charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, unlawful confinement and interference with a dead body relating to the January 2000 death of 13-year-old Adam Scott Williams-Dudoward. But last Friday Cook was only found guilty of unlawful confinement and interference with a dead body. He will be sentenced soon. (Police arrested him in Osoyoos after he failed to appear in court.)
The trial heard how the boy, Cook’s stepson, had been tied up and confined to a bedroom of a mobile home in Prince George for two or three days. Cook tried to resuscitate the boy after finding him in medical distress, but to no avail. The court heard that neither Cook nor the boy’s mother called 9-1-1. Adam’s body was subsequently found four years later in a shallow grave outside the city. His body was shuffled around and kept for some time before being buried, the court heard.
At one point Cook moved to rural Oliver on a piece of property owned by his brother.
Nyikos said Cook has a history with police and believes the public should have been aware of his presence in the community. (Cook reportedly had been serving probation for a previous assault and forcible confinement.)
“I really think that a town like ours needs to be protected from these people walking around . . . why did the police cover this up? Why did they not alert anyone?”
Sergeant Ken Harrington of the Oliver RCMP was asked if police had any cause to alert the public about Cook. He replied, “Rest assured that if we had a duty to notify we would have.”
But according to Nyikos, Cook was working in at least one local church where children congregated. She confronted the pastor about it and reported the incident to police. “In the small town of Oliver there can’t be a conspiracy of silence . . . I think the community has a right to know,” Nyikos said.