The man charged in last month's shooting of the owner of a downtown Vancouver bike shop has retained a lawyer, and made a court appearance by video-link today.

Gerald Battersby was in a wheelchair, and wearing what appeared to be a hospital gown, as he appeared before a camera at North Fraser Pretrial Centre. His appearance lasted less than a minute, and the case was put over to August 8.

Battersby has retained as his lawyer Brock Martland — who is just wrapping up his work at the Surrey Six trial, where he represents accused Matthew Johnston. A lawyer from Martland's office appeared in court today, and said the firm was retained just two days ago.

Battersby has been charged with the attempted murders of his former boss, Reckless Bike Stores owner Paul Dragan in Yaletown, and of the five officers who were engaged in a shootout with a gunman near Science World on June 10.

Battersby's family and another former boss told CBC News that he appeared to be having mental health problems prior to his arrest.


 

CBC