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Arvin Golic guilty of manslaughter in swarming death of Luka Gordic

Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 6:01 am PST

Luka Gordic, 18, died May 17th, 2015 in Whistler. (Courtesy Facebook)
Summary

Luka Gordic was stabbed in the chest two years ago after being jumped by a group of people in Whistler Village

Arvin Golic was a teen at the time of the crime

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Arvin Golic has been found guilty of manslaughter, not second degree murder, over the swarming death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic two years ago.

Justice Mary Humphries said there was evidence the attack on Gordic at Whistler Village was being plotted earlier in the evening, but she was satisfied Golic was only guilty of manslaughter.

Moments before the judge read the verdict, the mother of Luka Gordic was visibly upset when the parents of the accused were seated only a few feet away from her.

Outside the courthouse, Clara Gordic fought back tears as she talked about how disappointed she was with the judge’s verdict.

“Well, actually, he should be charged (with) first degree murder. We’re so thankful to Crown Counsel. They did a great job. Luka’s never going to come back. Arvin shouldn’t ever see the light of day. He’s a terrible person.”

Gordic’s uncle, Gianni Buono, said he had wanted a second degree murder conviction for Golic. He said he’s not expecting an apology from Golic at sentencing.

Gordic was swarmed by up to 15 people and stabbed on May 17th, 2015 after becoming separated from a group of friends. One of the people who surrounded him delivered a fatal stab to his heart.

Arvin Golic – who was 18-years-old at the time – was accused of planning the attack in Whistler Village and of being there when it happened. His ex-girlfriend and her friend had both said Golic threatened to kill Gordic.

The teens were in Whistler with groups of friends, and the tension is believed to have started with Gordic telling Golic to stop being abusive to his ex-girlfriend.

There are also three youths accused in Gordic’s killing, but they can’t be named due to their age. They’re currently awaiting a separate verdict in the case.

The next court date is set for June 21st to fix Golic’s sentencing date.