A British soldier is accused of killing a Canadian man in a bar brawl, leading to second-degree murder charges.
After a night of partying in downtown Toronto last month, 28-year-old Corporal Craig Gibson reportedly attacked a Canadian named Brett Sheffield.
Sheffield, 38, was sent to the hospital after sustaining life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, he remained in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead.
Court records reveal that Cpl. Gibson knocked Sheffield out by striking him once with an elbow to the top jaw.
Sheffield was pulled off life support two days after being declared brain dead.
A memorial to Sheffield on the internet described the incident as random brutality.
NextGen Drainage employees said that Brett Sheffield died on August 30. His departure left a void in the city, his business, and among his many friends and associates.
Cpl Gibson was first detained on suspicion of aggravated assault, and then the charges were upgraded to second-degree murder.
Cpl. Gibson, an Iraq War veteran, trained with the Canadian military in Ontario.
He was drinking with a fellow member of the 4 Scots, the Highlanders, in Locals Only, a pub in Toronto’s Entertainment District, when the brawl broke out.
A defense source claims that Cpl. Originally from Dalry, North Ayrshire, Gibson was seen on camera arguing with another person. On the evening of August 28 at about 11:30 p.m., he reportedly got belligerent.
Toronto police first reported that the culprit had fled the scene, and paramedics rushed Sheffield to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Gibson, accused of second-degree murder, appeared in a Toronto bail court on Monday.
A representative for the British Army confirmed that a service member was detained by police in Toronto, Canada, on charges of severe assault. They said, “Our hearts go out to the victim’s loved ones.”