Nanaimo man dies in stabbing

A man has died from stab wounds in Nanaimo’s first murder of 2013.

The incident happened at a townhouse complex in south Nanaimo Sunday sometime before 1:45 p.m. when police responded to reports of a man in distress. Mounties arrived at the scene and found a man with life-threatening injuries lying on the ground. Paramedics rushed the victim to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of stab wounds.

The RCMP are not releasing the identity of the 35-year-old victim at the request of his family.

Police arrested one suspect Sunday. The suspect, Gabriel Peter Stinson, 40, appeared in court Monday where he was formally charged with second degree murder.

Police found Stinson performing CPR on the victim when they arrived on scene. An RCMP officer took over and continued CPR until paramedics arrived.

Police said in a press release they are confident the stabbing was not a random act of violence, but the result of a confrontation that ended tragically.

The police investigation is continuing. Investigators were at the crime scene, a townhouse complex called King Arthur’s Court on Fifth Street, Monday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact  the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit at 250-754-2345, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or  online at

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