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Delay in sentencing in 2015 Whistler swarming killing

Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 1:43 pm PDT

Luka Gordic, 19, died May 17th, 2015 in Whistler. (Courtesy Facebook)

Case is in connection to deadly stabbing in Whistler Village

Sentencing is to determine how long the man responsible will spend behind bars

WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) – There’s been a slight delay in the sentencing case for a man convicted of manslaughter in relation to a killing that took place more than two years ago.

Arvin Golic is the man who was found responsible for the death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic in Whistler Village in May of 2015.

Crown Counsel is trying to introduce new evidence and no further details can be given because of a publication ban but it does mean Golic’s sentencing has been delayed, at least until later in the day.

NEWS 1130 had a chance to speak with Luka’s father Mitch Gordic outside the courtroom and he’s not thrilled with yet another hold-up in this case. “I really don’t like it,” says Gordic. “This is not [the] first time. But who am I to say anything? I just have to play by the rules, so I have to wait.”

Golic has been found guilty of manslaughter but is still waiting to receive his sentence for that crime. “Manslaughter can go from no sentence to life in prison, and what he did, in my opinion, is higher scale, so it should be closer to life in prison than on a lower scale,” says Gordic when asked what he believes would be an appropriate sentence for Golic.

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

Golic, who was 18-years-old at the time, was accused of planning the attack and being there when it happened. His ex-girlfriend and her friend both testified that 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.

Three other youths were accused in the killing, but can’t be named because of their age at the time of the crime.