Portapique shooter: his spouse sues the federal government

Portapique shooter: his spouse is suing the federal government


The spouse of the person responsible for the mass shooting in Portapique, Nova Scotia, has decided to sue the federal and Atlantic Province governments, alleging that a “fabricated accusation of all exhibits” had been brought against her, reported the “Halifax Examiner”. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) charged Lisa Banfield in December 2020 with transporting ammunition to the killer who committed a mass shooting in April 2020. These charges, however, were dropped last July.

A lawsuit was therefore filed on October 21 by Ms. Banfield's lawyer, Brian Murphy, before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia against both levels of government.

“The Applicant alleges, and it is a fact, that the Nova Scotia RCMP launched an unsubstantiated investigation into the Applicant's involvement in the events of April 18 and 19, 2020 in an attempt to divert the attention of mistakes made by the Nova Scotia RCMP in its response to the events of April 18 and 19, 2020,” wrote the lawyer in the filing obtained by the media.

Me Murphy notably asserted that the RCMP had been “negligent” in their investigation by failing to inform the shooter's wife that she was under investigation. Authorities also allegedly failed to inform Ms. Banfield of her right to counsel when making statements to law enforcement.

“These charges were unlawful, due to the documented circumstances of control coercive and life-threatening violence throughout the duration of their common law relationship,” the attorney added in the lawsuit.

Ms. Banfield seeks general, special and punitive damages in due to “loss of reputation, quality of life, pain and suffering”, as well as loss of income.