Glowatski guilty of contempt

The young man who refused to testify at the murder trial of Kelly Ellard has been found guilty of contempt of court. Warren Glowatski and Ellard had already been convicted of murdering 14-year-old Reena Virk in Victoria.

Glowatski is serving a life sentence for his part in the killing.

At his own murder trial, he described how Ellard attacked Virk and dragged her toward the water. The teenager was found dead in Victoria's Gorge waterway days later.

He was called as a witness at Ellard's trial in March, but he refused to testify. Glowatski said it wasn't in his best interest because it could jeopardize his appeal. He also referred to mysterious threats on his life.

That led to a charge of contempt of court.

His lawyer defended Glowatski's decision to remain silent. He said it was justified under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He added that the Crown prosecutor told the judge at Glowatski's trial to reject his story. So his testimony at Ellard's trial would have been useless.

However, B.C. Supreme Court justice Nancy Morrison rejected those arguments. She says Glowatski committed another crime when he refused to testify at Ellard's trial.