Times Colonist

Homicide victim had beaten accused’s son

Like the slain man, 2 adult children of councillor have faced criminal charges, court records reveal

- CINDY E. HARNETT and TOM McMILLAN

The man that Highlands Coun. Ken Brothersto­n stands accused of killing is the same man who allegedly beat up the politician’s son last summer.

Keith William Taylor’s body was delivered by an unidentifi­ed person to the West Shore RCMP station on Friday. The coroner has yet to say how the 33-year-old died. Brothersto­n, 52, has been charged with firstdegre­e murder, and two other suspects have been arrested, but have not yet been identified or charged.

Called “crazy Keith” by one friend and an “honest, outgoing” father by another, Taylor is also a career criminal with a laundry list of drug, assault, theft and weapons conviction­s to his name.

On May 27, just three days before he was killed, he pleaded guilty in court to possession of cocaine. Due to time he’d already spent in jail, he was released soon afterward.

In June 2007, Taylor was charged with assaulting Brothersto­n’s 26-year-old son, Gregory. Those charges were stayed.

It’s unclear if there had been other altercatio­ns between Taylor and the Brothersto­ns.

Both of Ken Brothersto­n’s sons — Gregory and Kenneth Robert Jr., 32 — have faced criminal charges.

They were charged in October 2007 with break and enter. Both sons also had outstandin­g warrants for their arrest on unrelated matters at the time of the incident Friday, according to court documents.

And, in one more twist in the strange case, Gregory was sentenced in February to 30 days in jail for fraudulent­ly impersonat­ing Kenneth.

Like the Brothersto­ns, Taylor grew up on the West Shore. He attended Belmont Secondary School and later worked at Victoria Shipyards, said friend Victoria Leonard.

He was described by some acquaintan­ces as very violent.

Robert Plotnikoff, who knows Dana Downey, the owner of the home where Taylor is believed to have been killed on Friday, met Taylor just before Christmas 2007.

Plotnikoff was selling a laptop and Taylor bought it with a cheque that turned out to be worthless on the evening of Dec. 21, 2007.

“If it wasn’t for the nice letter his dad had written for the laptop, I might not have sold it to him,” Plotnikoff said.

“That week, police pulled him over. They said the car was just loaded with guns and drugs and stolen property,” Plotnikoff said.

His laptop was in the car. The police traced the serial number and contacted Plotnikoff.

“I eventually got it back. A one-in-a-million chance.”

According to Leonard, who has posted condolence­s on a memorial page on Facebook, Taylor loved rock ’n’ roll and rap music, and dabbled in mechanics.

“He loved his mother very much. He had a daughter and he was just an honest, outgoing, happy guy,” Leonard said in an e-mail to the Times Colonist.

He loved all types of road and sport vehicles — “big boy toys” — loved to party, and had a great heart, Leonard said.

“The people who did it … should be locked up in a cell with their heads down in shame and feeling what everyone of his family members feel,” she added.

Tahsis Crane, a friend, said Taylor “was the nicest guy I [ever] met” and was always ready to lend a hand.

“We called him Keith.”

Crazy

 ??  ?? This court document was issued last June after Gregory Brothersto­n accused Keith Taylor of assaulting him.
This court document was issued last June after Gregory Brothersto­n accused Keith Taylor of assaulting him.
 ??  ?? Taylor’s body was taken to the West Shore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue in this black pickup.
Taylor’s body was taken to the West Shore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue in this black pickup.

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