Two men convicted of manslaughter

Christopher Smythe died in 2010 after receiving a severe beating outside a Campbell River townhouse complex

Two Campbell River man have been convicted of manslaughter in the death of Christopher Smythe.

The 28-year-old fish farmer was found severely beaten outside a townhouse complex at 555 Rockland Rd., on Feb. 27, 2010. He died a few days later in a Victoria Hospital.

Following a trial in Nanaimo, in B.C. Supreme Court, Tyler Pastuck, 25, and Derek Crowther, 22, were convicted of manslaughter. A third man charged, Jacob Lawrence, 20, died last June in a motorcycle accident.

On Jan. 18, Pastuck was sentenced to seven years in a federal prison while Crowther received a six-year term.

However, their sentences were both reduced by 27 months due to time already served behind bars.

Pastuck’s lawyer has filed an appeal and Crowther may do the same.

Details of the trial are not available because the judge’s reasons for judgement have not been published.

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