Nova Scotia

Man jailed for senior's beating death

A Waycobah First Nation, N.S., man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in the death of an elderly Inverness man three years ago.

A Waycobah First Nation, N.S., man has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in the death of an elderly Inverness man three years ago.

Ivan Rorison, 70, was assaulted by seven people who had come to his house looking for alcohol in June 2008. Rorison, who had sold alcohol to the group a few hours before, had gone to bed and his lights were out. When he did not respond to knocking, the door was kicked in and he was assaulted.

Rorison died 36 hours later from internal bleeding.

Richard James Benson, 28, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

"His (Rorison's) death was tragic, unnecessary and was a great loss to his family and community," Justice Cindy Bourgeois said of Rorison.

In passing sentence, Bourgeois said there was no evidence Benson was aware of a plan to rob Rorison or that he personally assaulted the victim.

But she said once others had kicked in the door, assaulted Rorison and stolen his wallet and some beer, Benson did nothing to stop them. He also accepted $20 from Rorison's wallet and took beer from the house.

Six others already sentenced

Benson, who has four children, has already spent 40 days in jail and will be credited with double that amount of time, as is standard.

An 18-year-old, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was given a three-year sentence for manslaughter in February. John Travis MacKinnon, 19, received a seven-year sentence in June 2010, while two youths were handed terms of custody and community supervision. 

Kyle Travis Timmons, 20 and Brandy Johnena Timmons, 19, both received three and a half year sentences in September 2010.

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