Langford: Two inmates who escaped from a Vancouver Island prison have been charged with first-degree murder over allegations they killed a man during their brief break out.
RCMP say James Busch and Zachary Armitage are accused of killing 60-year-old Martin Payne, whose body was found in his Victoria-area home on July 12 last year.
Police were alerted on July 8 last year that the two men had escaped from the minimum security William Head Institution near Victoria and an off-duty officer spotted the men two days later, leading to the arrest.
It was only when Payne failed to show up for work that officers found his body days later and a news release issued at the time said they were looking for the victim’s red Ford-F 150 truck.
Anne Kelly, the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada, extended her sympathies to Payne’s family in a statement and says they take this situation seriously, including the fact that the two accused had escaped from their custody before the crime.
Kelly says they launched an investigation looking at how to prevent and respond to escape and measures have been taken to enhance security.
The Canadian Press