Homicide victim had beaten accused’s son
Like the slain man, 2 adult children of councillor have faced criminal charges, court records reveal
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.”