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Victoria lawyer joins Pickton defence team

Times Colonist

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

A lawyer from Victoria has been hired by accused serial killer Robert "Willy" Pickton as part of his defence team.

CREDIT: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

Adrian Brooks will join the Pickton team of defence lawyers.

Adrian Brooks, 47, is the only Vancouver Island lawyer of the six hired for the Port Coquitlam pig farmer's defence.

Pickton is accused of killing 15 of the dozens of women who have disappeared from the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Funding for defence lawyers is becoming a big issue. The court case is expected to be protracted and complicated, with the province expected to pick up the cost of the defence.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is continuing to negotiate terms for paying the defence lawyers.

Pickton's lawyers are threatening to withdraw if the funding issue isn't resolved before a preliminary hearing gets underway on Jan. 13.

Brooks, a graduate of Mount Douglas high school, has been a lawyer here for 20 years. He recently defended Harry Hiscock, who was convicted of aggravated assault in the beating of Nicholas Chow Johnson.

The complexity of the case makes this "a tremendous challenge" for the defence, Brooks said Monday at the Victoria courthouse.

"I've done 25 to 30 murder cases but this is going to be the longest, definitely the longest," he said.

 Copyright  2002 Times Colonist (Victoria)

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Updated: August 21, 2016