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Pair charged in homicide at Burnaby Starbucks

Last Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 10:36 am PST

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Summary

Lawrence Sharpe, Oldouz Pournouruz charged with manslaughter in man's death at Starbucks in Burnaby

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A man and woman have been charged in a homicide at a Burnaby Starbucks over the summer.

Officers were called to an assault at the cafe on Hastings near Kensington on July 12. Michael Page-Vincelli, 22, was taken to the hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

Manslaughter charges have now been laid against Lawrence Alvin Sharpe, 40, and Oldouz Pournouruz, 35. They are both appearing in court today.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation has been in charge of this case. It confirms this was not a random attack.

A witness reported seeing an interaction between the victim and a woman outside the coffee shop and when the woman told another man about the encounter, the pair followed Page-Vincelli-old back into the coffee shop.

The 73-year-old witness did not see what happened, but said the man and woman left about a minute later and he entered the coffee shop to find Page-Vincelli bleeding from the mouth, nose and ears.

Questions about the case were raised by a civil rights group because Burnaby RCMP did not release any information about the man’s death and the matter was only revealed as media outlets investigated later.

With files from the Canadian Press