Langford man’s first appearance in fatal RCMP crash case delayed to November

Kenneth Jacob Fenton faces charges in crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Court proceedings for the man charged in connection with the death of West Shore RCMP officer Const. Sarah Beckett have been delayed.

Kenneth Jacob Fenton was scheduled to appear at the Western Communities Court House in Colwood today (Oct. 27) on five charges relating to the crash, including impaired driving causing death, failing to stop while being pursued by officers and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Fenton’s first appearance is now scheduled for Nov. 24. The delay is to allow the defence more time to review Crown submissions.

Beckett’s police cruiser was struck at approximately 3:30 a.m. while travelling through the intersection at Goldstream Avenue and Peatt Road in Langford on April 5. Charges against Fenton were not announced until last month.

The arrest was a result of a criminal investigation led by the RCMP Island District GIS with assistance from the Saanich Police Department, which conducted the collision scene investigation. The Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia is also conduction a parallel investigation into the crash. No findings from that investigation have been released.