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Man sentenced to less than six years for manslaughter in Kamloops motel death

August 20, 2018 - 10:15 AM

KAMLOOPS - A man who was found guilty of stabbing and killing his friend in a Kamloops motel room will spend more than five years behind bars.

Gordon Camille was sentenced to 68 months for manslaughter last week, in connection to the stabbing death of Dennis Adolph in 2016, according to online court documents.

Adolph, 49, died from a single stab wound to his abdomen on Jan. 26, 2016 at the Four Seasons Motel in Valleyview, inside a room he was sharing with Camille. The pair had lived in the room together for two months, court heard at a hearing where Camille was found guilty of the crime.

Along with his jail sentence, Camille was given a lifetime ban on firearms, and ordered to submit his DNA to the national database.

While delivering her verdict in March, Justice Heather Holmes said the Crown showed during the trial surveillance footage from the motel which showed that no other person entered or left Adolph and Camille's motel room prior to or after the stabbing. The weapon had mixed DNA from Adolph and Camille on it, according to a forensic biologist who testified during trial.

Defence argued during trial that Adolph could have accidentally or intentionally stabbed himself, although there was no evidence proving that. The knife that was used in Adolph's stabbing was found in a drawer inside the motel room, and must have been dry before it was put in there, according to Holmes.

During trial, a pathologist testified that Adolph would have died between 6:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. that day, and surveillance footage showed Adolph asking the motel office manager for help getting back into his room at roughly 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 26. That was the last time Adolph was seen alive.

In her March decision, Holmes said the only reasonable explanation of what happened to Adolph that day was that he was stabbed by Camille in their room.

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