Crown to weigh evidence in home invasion death
"What (crown prosecutor) is looking for is whether there are grounds to lay a charge."
It’s a waiting game now to find out whether charges will be laid in the recent stabbing death of a home invader in Langdon.
RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said the RCMP has collected forensic evidence on the scene of the Langdon farmhouse along with witness statements and other interview material for delivery to the crown prosecutor — who will then decide whether or not to pursue charges.
“What (crown prosecutor) is looking for is whether there are grounds to lay a charge and number two is there any reasonable expectation of a conviction,” said Webb.
Webb said putting a timeline on charges could be difficult, depending on whether or not the crown believes it has everything it needs to make a decision.
Two men forced their way into the side door of the quiet farmhouse and made their way to a bedroom when an altercation ensued with the residents.
Local media outlets have reported that Dan Olineck and Melanie Tanner were woken by two invaders last Thursday morning.
Lance Norton, 32, was killed by a stab wound allegedly suffered at the hands of the 35-year-old Olineck during the scuffle, which also sent 27-year-old assailant, Christopher Hansen to hospital.
Sgt. Webb wouldn’t speculate on whether or not he thought charges would be laid, noting that it depends on whether the amount of force used in this incident was considered excessive.
“It’s reasonable if the amount of force used by the victim is enough to protect him. It’s excessive if it goes beyond that point.”