Randall Enright pleads guilty to manslaughter in death of Matt Flitton
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Since Sept. 19 2015, family and friends of Matthew Flitton have been waiting for justice. They will have to wait a little longer.
“It’s an exhausting journey for sure. We have attended every court date as its been put forward and put forward and put forward, so now for it to be put forward again, it’s definitely disheartening,” said Dalayna Taverner, sister of Matt Flitton.
The sentencing hearing for 30-year-old Randall Enright was heard Monday, but Justice Rodney A Jerky said he needed more time to review the case after the crown agreed to accept a guilty plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter instead of the original charge of second degree murder.
“You chose to pick up the knife. You chose to take the life of my baby brother, so I think that he should be held accountable to the fullest extent because at the end of the day, we never get Matt back, and no matter what we get out of this, it isn’t going to actually resolve anything, its just going to make sure that he isn’t able to do this to anybody else,” added Traverner.
In the agreed statement of facts read to the court, an autopsy found Flitton was stabbed 14 times in the chest, thigh, arms and back.
Flitton died on Sept. 18. He was found the next day by police.
Enright had been staying with Flitton after he was kicked out of his girlfriend’s house.
After the stabbing, Enright was using Flitton’s cell phone, Facebook account and truck.
During the hearing, Enright began crying as he read a statement to the victim’s family that said, “I became a drug addict. Drugs ruined my life. Matt was a good friend. I take full responsibility.”
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Enright’s lawyer Greg White said his client is remorseful, “He feels terrible about what happened. He was under the influence of drugs at the time and he did something horrible and he feels horrible about it. Mr. Flitton’s family is going to have to live with it every day of their lives and Mr. Enright is going to live with it every day of his life.”
The crown is asking for a sentence of 14 years behind bars, while the defence is asking for somewhere between seven-and-a-half years to 10.
Enright will be sentenced on Dec. 20, 2016.
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