Kelowna’s homicide rate stayed stable

In Kelowna there were three murders in 2014 —matching 2013 and 2012—amounting to an overall rate of 1.58 homicides per 100,000 population.

Data out of Statistics Canada this week shows that the country has the lowest murder rate since 1966.

There were 516 homicides in 2014, leaving the homicide rate at 1.45 per 100,000 people.

In Kelowna there were three murders in 2014 —matching 2013 and 2012—amounting to an overall rate of 1.58 homicides per 100,000 population.

The people behind those 2014 statistics are Chris Ausman, Amy Jane Parkes and Caesar Rosales.

On Jan. 25, 2014, at 2:06 a.m., an RCMP officer discovered a body in the 100-block of Highway 33 West.

They later identified the body as Chris Ausman, and called the case the first murder of that year. No arrests have been made to date.

Two months later, April 1, 2014, police found the body of Parkes, 35, in her Lakeshore Road mobile home.

They went to her home  after being informed that she had failed to show up at work, which was uncharacteristic.

Her former fiancée, Ryan James Quigley, was arrested days later.

He’s scheduled for a four-week trial on the charge of second degree murder, starting April 11, 2016.

Rosales was killed Oct. 30, 2014 when he was commuting home on a city bus.

Days after the attack, which police characterized as random and unprovoked, Tyler Jack Newton, 23, was charged with second degree murder.

Newton, who was well known to police at the time of his arrest, will stand trial June 6, 2016.

The 516 murders recorded across Canada in 2014 represents four more than 2013.

Five provinces reported fewer murders in 2014: Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

B.C., however, had 12 more murders in 2014 compared to 2013.

Of note, Stats Can reported that murders of aboriginal people were six times higher than non-aboriginal people.

Almost a quarter of all murders in Canada were aboriginal people, who represent just five per cent of the population.