Brendon Menard stood in a B.C. Supreme Courtroom Friday and apologized for killing his dad.
"I want to say I take full responsibility for what happened on that weekend," said the 24-year-old Nanaimo man who'd sat in the prisoner's dock with a bowed head through much of his sentencing hearing.
"I apologize for the pain and agony I caused my family. I really wish I had turned down that weekend and gone with my girlfriend (to Tofino)."
The hearing followed Menard's guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter, and was the first time the circumstances of Tony Menard's death became public.
Justice Nathan Smith characterized the case as difficult and unusual. He plans to give his decision on sentencing Oct. 22.
Brendon Menard shot his father, a successful Nanaimo businessman, on July 4, 2010, while a group of male family and friends were camping and target shooting west of Lake Cowichan.
Crown prosecutor Scott Van Alstine told court that Brendon Menard knew what he was doing when he pointed a 22-calibre rifle at his father's back and fired six times. Defence lawyer Bert King said the father and son were extremely close and Tony only agreed to go once both his sons agreed to go along.
A bad car crash in December 2004 left Brendon with severe brain trauma which led to periodic epileptic seizures. Some seizures led to Brendon falling to the ground in convulsions while others left him distant and uncommunicative, King said.
Brendon doesn't drive due to his brain injury and he shouldn't have been handling firearms, King said.
Brendon seemed "like a robot" the morning of the shooting, witnesses later told police.
When Tony walked in front of the firing line to set up the cans and bottles the group was using as targets, Brendon raised the semi-automatic rifle to his shoulder, peered through the scope and fired multiple times. Five bullets struck his father.
Brendon has no memory of shooting the gun, King said. He only remembers getting the firearms out of the truck then standing over his father's motionless body.
The Crown is seeking three to five years imprisonment while defence is asking for a suspended sentence and a period of probation.
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