Two years after a conviction in the brutal murder of a Maple Ridge man, the victim’s father is pleading for the return of his son’s belongings.
Steve Howson’s son Brandon was stabbed to death with a machete by Adam Deboo in Pitt Meadows back in 2012.
Deboo was convicted in 2014, and his appeal was denied back in February of this year. But the victim’s father says investigators have told him it could be years before he sees any of his son’s personal belongings.
“None of it has any monetary value, it’s a lap top with family photos, and some of his personal jewelry, and I want to pass it on to my estranged wife and his older brother.”
“Most of it was memories of what he actually wore.”
Howson says getting the items back would allow a sense of closure. But he says the RCMP told him they could keep evidence for up to 99 years.
But Dan McLaughlin with the criminal justice Branch says, that’s not the case.
“The RCMP have custody of the effects that the family is seeking to recover and I understand that the police are looking into providing those effects back to the family.”
“We have told police that we have no objection to the release of the items, and I expect the items to be returned to them in short order.”
As for when Howson would be able to retrieve his son’s belongings, McLaughlin couldn’t give a timeline.