Brittain prelim next year

Dates have been set for a preliminary inquiry for John Brittain, accused Penticton quadruple murderer. 

Crown counsel and defence lawyers met briefly Thursday morning in Penticton court, confirming a five-day preliminary inquiry will take place on the week of Jan. 27, 2020.

Court previously heard nine witnesses will be called, including a police officer. 

Brittain is accused of shooting and killing Susan and Barry Wonch, Rudi Winter and Darlene Knippelberg on April 15. Police say he turned himself in after the spree.

A preliminary inquiry sees a judge decide if there is sufficient evidence to send the matter to trial. Those accused of serious crimes have a right to a preliminary inquiry in Canada, as they also serve a dual purpose of allowing the defence to explore the case. 

The proceedings of the preliminary inquiry will be covered under a publication ban.

Brittain, who has yet to enter a plea to the four counts of murder, did not appear in court Thursday. 

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