The man accused of shooting and killing four people in Penticton, including two recently relocated Osoyoos residents, said his estranged wife had “nothing to do,” with the alleged quadruple homicide in April.
John Brittain, 68, a former City of Penticton engineer, is facing multiple murder charges after an alleged shooting spree. He appeared in court via video Wednesday.
Brittain spoke on his own behalf, wearing red-orange prison scrubs, as his defence counsel Paul McMurray was occupied with a Supreme Court trial in Dawson Creek.
During the short hearing Crown counsel Andrew Vandersluys put forward a no-contact order to bar Brittain from contacting his ex-wife Katherine Brittain, whom Vandersluys confirmed would be a witness should there be a trial.
Brittain told Judge Michelle Daneliuk he had not talked to his ex-wife since the incident, but “she had nothing to do with this,” Brittain said, drawing scoffs from the family and friends of the deceased in the courtroom.
Katherine’s house was closed off with police tape in the days following the alleged shooting spree.
Daneliuk delayed the application for a no-contact order until Thursday morning so Brittain could consult with his attorney.
Brittain also noted his counsel had yet to receive any information about the case, and Daneliuk noted Brittain will return to court on June 19 after his appearance on May 29