Manslaughter charge in Kelowna Cactus Club death

Family of Gaudette have repeatedly said that it was a one-sided altercation, and that Gaudette never threw a punch.

  • Thu Jul 7th, 2016 3:00pm
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Kelowna man Cory Richard Eric Van Gilder has been charged with manslaughter for the fight that killed an Ontario man last winter.

Van Gilder, 25, and Zachary Gaudette, 30, of Ontario had been engaged in what Mounties called “an altercation” in frontĀ  of a Kelowna Cactus Club restaurant on Feb. 17.

Family of Gaudette have repeatedly said that it was a one-sided altercation, and that Gaudette never threw a punch.

The Ontario man was rushed to hospital in serious condition and succumbed to his injuries on Feb. 19.

Gilder has one professional MMA fight six years ago for King of the Cage in Edmonton.