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Dylan Howard handed life sentence for murder

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Munson man Dylan Howard plead guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the slaying of 36-year-old Fazal Rehman.
Howard appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench represented by lawyer Hugh Sommerville to make his plea. Howard appeared dressed in a black suit, the court was filled with the families of both the accused and the victim.
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Crown Prosecutor Ron Petersen read out the facts of the case that were agreed upon by the accused and the prosecutor.
It noted that Howard, and Rehman, of Calgary, both came from working families, however both “…fell into the dark world of the use, abuse and distribution of methamphetamine.”
Howard, who was 20 at the time, and Rehman became to know each other through a mutual female acquaintance in October of 2017. Howard had a handgun he wished to sell. The female set up a meeting for Rehman to purchase the gun in a rural location near Morrin, Alberta. Rehman picked up the female, gave her meth and they drove to the agreed location for the purchase. After the purchase, Rehman left, and the female acquaintance confided to Howard she had been sexually assaulted, This upset Howard.
Two weeks later Howard and Rehman met again in Beiseker where Howard exchanged several rifles for half of a pound of methamphetamine.
Howard continued to be upset about the alleged assault and a plan was developed to kill Rehman.
Another meeting was arranged for Howard to buy meth at a rural location. Howard, armed with a 7 mm rifle, knife and a can of gas went to the location.
As Rehman approached in his vehicle, Howard opened the door of his truck, leaned the rifle between the door and the truck frame and fired a shot at Rehman while he was driving. The bullet entered the underside of his chin. The vehicle came to a stop and Rehman exited his vehicle. Howard shot again and this bullet entered Rehman’s back and exited his right chest.
Rehman fell to the ground and Howard stabbed at Rehman’s upper chest and neck region. According to the agreed statement of facts, “Rehman died as a result of the gunshot wounds and the stabbing.” Howard poured gas on the car and Rehman’s dead body and set them afire.
Howard was arrested approximately a week later in Airdrie.
The facts note that Howard was affected by his consumption of methamphetamine and underlying mental issues. However, at the time of the killing, he was not suffering from a mental disorder that would render him incapable of appreciating the nature of the crime.
Justice J.T. McCarthy found Howard guilty.
Victim impact statements were by Mr. Pedersen from the family of Rehman. His wife said that in losing her husband she was “like a flower without scent, a fish without water.”
Howard spoke briefly to the court, apologizing to his family and the family of Rehman and expressed he felt it was his duty to protect a woman, but he “took matters way too far.”
Howard was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility of parole for 25 years.
A female co-accused, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has a trial date set for March 30, 2020, in Drumheller.


Drumheller RCMP need help locating missing woman

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The Drumheller RCMP are asking for public assistance to locate 40 year-old Candace Deleeuw who was reported missing on September 16, 2019.

Deleeuw was last seen at the Drumheller Hospital on September 7 at approximately 9:00 p.m. 

Deleeuw is described as:

  • female
  • 5'5" - 110 lbs
  • Shoulder length blonde hair 
  • Blue eyes

If you have information on the whereabouts of Candace Deleeuw, please contact the Drumheller RCMP Detachment at (403) 823-2630 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Crime statistics show improvements

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    While rural crime continues to be an issue, there appear to be some good signs in the Drumheller area.
     The RCMP K Division launched its Data and Innovation page on its website in April of this year. It keys in on selected property crime statistics and is updated quarterly.
    Last week the Division released its results from January to June of this year and in some areas crime in Drumheller is trending down.
     While break and enters in the Drumheller Municipal detachment were up slightly from, 36 instances to 41  compared to the same time in the previous year, theft of motor vehicles were down 23 per cent, from 26 to 20 instances, and thefts over and under $5,000 were down 43 per cent from 141 to 81. Possession of stolen goods charges remained roughly the same.
    In the Drumheller Rural area, break and enters were up 67 per cent from 12 to 20 and theft charges were up from 35 to 53. Theft of motor vehicle charges were down 77 per cent. Thefts are up 5  per cent with 53 reported instances, however, possession of stolen goods is down 70 per cent.
    Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque said it is difficult to look at statistics in a vacuum.
    “There are definitely many moving parts, and we are trying to take a proactive approach and continue the battle and work with our partners and communities,” he said.      “We want to encourage people to have their eyes and ears open for us and contact the police if there is anything suspicious.”
    He says these partnerships are important, not only in the community but sharing police resources.
    “It is always a work in progress. I think we have made some good inroads with our partners, in particular, the Crime Reduction Units that we have throughout our district as well as our detachment, and working to try to share intelligence throughout our district with neighbouring detachments,” he said.
     While he says some of the numbers are encouraging, it is important to remain vigilant.
    “If statistics are showing things are settling down a little bit, that’s great, but we are certainly not going to throttle back our efforts, because we are dealing with clients who are being personally affected,” he said.
    “We are going full steam ahead and putting together some initiative here to safeguard our community members,” he said.


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