Accused in Shelter Bay drowning in court

Peter Beckett, 57, is facing charges of first-degree murder, counselling to commit murder and obstructing justice.

  • Feb. 4, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Peter Beckett is facing trial for murder in Kamloops following the drowning of his wife near Shelter Bay.

Kamloops This Week

A former New Zealand politician who, for now, lives behind bars at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre awaiting his first-degree murder trial, was in court this week filing stacks of legal paperwork.

Peter Beckett, 57, is facing charges of first-degree murder, counselling to commit murder and obstructing justice.

The former New Zealand town councillor is alleged to have killed his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett, 50, by pushing her off a boat at Shelter Bay — south of Revelstoke — in 2010.

He was arrested a year later.

In B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, Jan. 27, Beckett filed five disclosure applications.

He is expected to return to court next month for arguments on those applications.

In late 2012, while Beckett was in custody charged with murder, he was charged with the additional counts following an undercover jailhouse investigation by RCMP.

Police allege Beckett plotted to kill five witnesses — including Letts-Beckett’s parents, an RCMP sergeant and an Alberta lawyer — while behind bars.

Beckett and his wife lived north of Edmonton at the time of the incident and are believed to have been in B.C. on vacation.

The drowning was first believed to have been an accident.

A New Zealand native, Beckett served as a town councillor in Napier from 1998 to 2001. Napier is a coastal town of about 58,000 on the east side of New Zealand’s north island, about 300 kilometres from Auckland.

New Zealand media reports describe Beckett as something of a Kiwi Rob Ford, who made headlines for assaulting the captain of a rugby team in a pub and stealing taxpayer-purchased liquor from city meetings.

Most recently, he worked as a school bus driver in Westlock, Alta.

Beckett is due back in court on Feb. 11 to fix a date for his disclosure arguments.

— with files from Black Press

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 23

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Jan. 20, 1900 Mr. Fayette Buker opened… Continue reading

Snow angels: Revelstokians shovel for those who can’t

‘They’ve helped me make it through the rest of the winter’

Highway 1 closed near Golden for high avalanche danger

DriveBC does not give an estimation for reopening

Syrian family celebrates one year in Revelstoke

Recently, Revelstoke fundraised almost $12,000 to cover the family’s debt to the federal government

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Pioneer families lived in Summerland’s Prairie Valley area

Darke and Dale families played roles in community’s early history

Princeton RCMP make quick arrest in armed robbery after ‘brief struggle’

Princeton RCMP have arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery… Continue reading

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

Help sought in developing family practices in South Okanagan and Similkameen

An estimated 15,000 people in region do not have a family doctor

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

Animal lovers cautioned against feeding urban deer – even if they beg at the window

Even if the deer press their little faces against your kitchen window… Continue reading

Most Read