Single punch to head killed victim in Burnaby Starbucks homicide, Crown alleges

A woman encouraged her boyfriend to assault a man inside a Starbucks and a single blow to the head resulting in the victim’s death, a prosecutor said Monday.

Before the killing of Michael Page-Vincelli, Oldouz Pournouruz got into an argument with him outside a Royal Bank at the Kensington shopping mall on Hastings Street in Burnaby, said Crown counsel Colleen Smith.

Witnesses will say the two were seen yelling at one another as Page-Vincelli straddled his bicycle and Pournouruz sat in her vehicle while her boyfriend, Lawrence Alvin Sharpe, was inside the bank, she said.

“I expect some of them will say that the male made a racist slur, including calling the woman a dirty immigrant,” Smith told a B.C. Supreme Court jury during her opening statement.

“I expect you will hear testimony about cigarettes being thrown, including testimony of the male flicking a cigarette at the woman.”

At the outset of their trial Monday, Sharpe and Pournouruz each pleaded not guilty to one count of manslaughter for the slaying of Page-Vincelli, 22, on July 12, 2017.

Smith said that several witnesses will say that Pournouruz warned Page-Vincelli that she would get her boyfriend to beat him up and she was then seen entering the bank.

After a short conversation, Pournouruz and Sharpe left the bank and headed towards the nearby Starbucks, where Page-Vincelli had gone, said the Crown.

Michael Anthony Page-Vincelli, 22, died July 15, 2017 after a confrontation at a Starbucks in Burnaby, B.C. Family photo: BEST QUAITY AVAILABLE [PNG Merlin Archive] ORG XMIT: POS1708111742499489 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Michael Anthony Page-Vincelli, 22, died July 15, 2017 after a confrontation at a Starbucks in Burnaby.

Sharpe delivered a single punch to the head of Page-Vincelli, who fell backwards and hit his head, …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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