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CONCERN AND FEAR: How a Clearwater family was lost to alcohol, drugs, obsession and murder

Angila Wilson.
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October 25, 2016 - 6:33 PM



KAMLOOPS - A "relationship, or a life built on a house of cards" is how Crown prosecutor Adrienne Murphy described the toxic relationship between slain Clearwater mother Angila Wilson and her ex-spouse Iain Drummond Scott.

Kamloops Supreme Court heard in Scott's sentencing hearing today, Oct. 25, the details of the relationship leading up to Wilson's murder.

On April 21, 2014, Wilson was found dead in her Clearwater home, a small town about an hour and a half north of Kamloops. For nearly a decade, Wilson and Scott had a relationship. It began in 2005 and shortly into their relationship, Wilson discovered she was pregnant.

"They were bound together by the birth of their daughter," Murphy says.

The pair met while they lived in Fernie, B.C., a community near the B.C.-Alberta border.

Wilson gave birth to her baby at B.C. Children's Hospital in August 2007. Scott picked her and the child up and the family took off through the Interior. They drove through Clearwater and took note of how beautiful it was. Scott pulled out his golf clubs and decided to play a round on the course there.

After their short stint, Scott and Wilson decided this was the town they wanted to live in.

But their happiness didn't last long. Murphy says the first time Clearwater RCMP interacted with the couple was in December 2007. A neighbour called police after hearing shouting. Scott called the police as well, while the couple fought about money problems. Once officers arrived, the couple laughed about the fact they got police involved in the first place.

Officers told them it was the right thing to do and they were glad they could diffuse the situation.

Police noted Scott's drinking may have led to the argument.

Later that month, police again were called to the couple's residence. This time it was reported that Wilson hit Scott in the face with a kitchen pan and Scott wrapped a belt around her neck.

Scott and Wilson had both been drinking, Murphy says.

"As all relationships have their troubles, this one had a fairly consistent pattern of problems and it was, in brief, connected to Mr. Scott's drinking," Murphy says.

— Protection order process failed Angila Wilson: Read more about the case here —

Scott was detained for an assault investigation and charges were approved against him. Murphy told the court that Scott was removed from the home and a protection order was put in place to keep Scott away from Wilson.

Shortly after, the couple agreed they wanted the protection order lifted.

Wilson and Scott had met a couple in Clearwater named Rhys and Melanie Williams. In February 2010, Wilson decided to take her children and go to Hope where her brother lived. Murphy says Scott showed up to the Williams' residence demanding to know where Wilson was.

He drove from Clearwater to Hope looking for Wilson, but nobody would tell him where she was staying. Wilson didn't want to be found, so she and her children went to stay at a safe house in Hope.

People reported to police seeing a prowler outside the safe house. Officers went to investigate and ended up speaking with Wilson. Murphy says there's no evidence linking Scott to being the prowler.

Wilson told officers she was prepared to live in Hope for up to one year until Scott got sober. Scott was temporarily living with a friend in Abbotsford who owned a farm.

Wilson's brother and sister-in-law took a trip to the island while this was unfolding and during this time, Wilson had been in contact with Scott and eventually left the Fraser Valley to return to Clearwater with him. Police caught up with their vehicle, but Wilson told them she was comfortable and safe.

After returning home in the years leading up to Wilson's death, Scott had several drunken episodes, including crashing an ATV and threatening to shoot himself. 

His vehicle was totalled in a car accident, leaving the family with one vehicle.

From February to March 2014, Wilson started to contemplate leaving Scott.

"She did convey, in the six weeks that followed from this point on, concern and eventually fear of Mr. Scott,” Murphy says.

On March 7, 2014, Wilson signed a lease for a rental home in Clearwater and began the process of getting a protection order from Scott. She moved out of their shared home on March 15, while Scott was working for a friend in Abbotsford.

Scott found out that Wilson had moved out and he and the friend he was staying with began arguing over how much Scott was drinking. Three days after Wilson moved out, Scott began texting his friend Cody Woods, who he paid to do "drive-bys" of Wilson's home.

Woods would send pictures of unknown vehicles outside of her home, or send messages saying there were footprints leading up to the door.

Iain Scott.
Iain Scott.
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Scott eventually left his friend's home in Abbotsford and went to stay with his sister, Lesley Jakob, and her husband in North Vancouver. He would text Wilson asking her to consider counselling, to which she replied there was no "us" and encouraged him to seek counselling on his own.

Near the end of March, Scott returned to Clearwater where Rhys Williams picked him up. He ended up meeting up with Wilson and getting into another argument.

Scott was staying at his own home, but would consistently text Wilson things such as "our family" and "I love you." Wilson made it clear to Scott his feelings weren't returned by her.

"The way you talk to me and especially your last text makes me uncomfortable," Wilson wrote. "I do not want to hear that you love me anymore."

"Our kids our family our relationship our home our lives," Scott wrote back. "Yes I love you, yes I love us."

At the beginning of April 2014, Wilson started to notice Scott was acting unstable. 

"I might not be beside you but my arms are wrapped around you. I never meant to let it go. My heart is with our family," Scott texted her.

"Stop it," Wilson responded.

Scott responded to that with a naked picture of himself.

On April 5, Wilson was at a birthday party for a friend and Scott had the children at his home, where he invited his friends over. Scott texted Wilson asking if she wanted to come by and do a line of cocaine, which she declined. His friends began texting her saying Scott was talking about suicide.

Wilson drove over to Scott's house to pick her children up.

Scott apparently had a hallucination that night where he thought a SWAT team raided his home and chased him into the forest.

On April 8, Scott went to the Clearwater RCMP detachment to ask if they had raided his home. They said no, but the next day they went to Wilson's home to see if she had heard about it.

She texted Scott to make sure the kids would be safe if he had them and he assured her they would be.

Scott assumed his friend, Williams, told Wilson about the incident. Murphy told the court Scott showed up to Williams' office and began threatening him, saying "I'm going to burn you."


Scott left the office and went to pick his children up from school. An employee got in contact with Wilson saying she believed Scott was intoxicated and that Wilson should go pick her children up from Scott's home.

Wilson and Williams' wife Melanie drove to his home. Wilson planned on taking their shared vehicle and her children with her. Scott tried to hug Wilson when she arrived but she declined.

Scott became angry after that, throwing a 40-pound bag of rock salt at her. He missed and ended up smashing the windshield on her vehicle.

Wilson and Williams took off driving separate vehicles. Shortly after they left, Scott called Wilson saying he had slit his wrists.

Williams called her husband to tell him to go to the police station. Officers arrived to Scott's home a short time later and he was taken to hospital. He was found to have superficial cuts on his wrists and the bleeding had stopped by the time he got there. A doctor evaluated him and found he was mentally stable.

He was discharged on April 11, the same day Wilson was meeting with a social worker from the Ministry of Child and Family Development. The worker contacted Jakob, Scott's sister, which is when she told them she was on her way from Vancouver to Kamloops to pick Scott up.

Scott ended up staying in Clearwater while his sister went back to the coast.

On April 14, Wilson planned on driving to Kamloops to begin the process of getting her protection order against Scott. She went out to her car that morning to find it wasn't working.

There appeared to have been some sort of substance in the gas tank, likely sugar, Murphy said.

Murphy told the court a search through Scott's iPad after Wilson's death showed he had Google-searched "how to fuck up someone’s car", "best way to fuck up someone’s car" and "does putting sugar in a gas tank really ruin someone's engine?"

But on April 15, Williams took Wilson to Kamloops Provincial Court where she was granted her protection order and full custody of their children.

Murphy is expecting to wrap up her sentencing submissions tomorrow, Oct. 26, when she will tell the court Crown's recommendation for a fit sentence for Scott and describe the day of the murder. A decision is expected later this week.

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