Portapique: charge against shooter's spouse dropped

Portapique&nbsp ;: the charge against the shooter's spouse is withdrawn

Lisa Banfield, the spouse of the shooter in the April 2020 shootings in Nova Scotia testifies at the Mass Casualty Commission public hearings on July 15, 2022.

Chief charge against Lisa Banfield is withdrawn.

Under the Criminal Code, she was charged in March with illegally giving ammunition to her husband, the perpetrator of the Portapique killings, in the months preceding the April 2020 tragedy claimed 22 lives.

Prosecutor Sarah Lane told Judge Theodore Tax in Provincial Court in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, that Ms. Banfield has completed the restorative justice process and the Crown is withdrawing the charge against her.

In Nova Scotia, this process allows people accused of crimes and victims to work together on a solution, which allows the accused to avoid having a criminal record .

Lisa Banfield's brother, her brother and her brother-in-law were also charged with giving cartridges to the shooter. Police said none of the three were aware of the shooter's intentions.

With information from The Canadian Press

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