Trial starts for man accused of killing Winnipeg bus driver

The Winnipeg bus driver was stabbed multiple times back in 2017

A Crown attorney says a Winnipeg bus driver who was killed on the job was spat upon and stabbed multiple times by a passenger who did not want to get off the bus.

Keith Eyrikson outlined the Crown’s case at the opening of the second-degree murder trial of Brian Kyle Thomas.

Thomas is accused of killing Irvine Jubal Fraser in the early morning of Feb 14, 2017.

READ MORE: Passengers take axe and brass knuckles from man on Winnipeg transit bus

Eyrikson says Fraser reached the end of his route at the University of Manitoba and repeatedly told Thomas to get off the bus.

He says Thomas demanded to be driven elsewhere, Fraser eventually physically removed Thomas from the bus, and Thomas spat on Fraser.

Eyrikson says Thomas then stabbed Fraser a number of times.

The driver’s death prompted calls for increased safety measures on Winnipeg buses, including safety shields for drivers.

Eyrikson told the jury that some people might question why Fraser physically removed the passenger, but that is not the issue.

“What he did … did not justify in any way what then happened.”

Eyrikson also told jurors that they will hear from witnesses and police officers during the two-week trial, and see video footage of what happened.

“Some of it will be difficult to watch.”

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Horgan’s caribou liaison quits

Blair Lekstrom was appointed to ease tension between local groups over plan to save threatened herds

Peter Skene Ogden students let loose during annual Winter Formal

‘We are going to be remodelling the courtyards’

108 Lions prepare for ICE OFF contest

The 108 Mile Ranch Lions Club is currently preparing the annual ICE… Continue reading

Smudging ceremony held near 108 Mile after fatal collision

‘We want to be there for her parents and her children as much as possible’

Cariboo Regional District proposes 4.5 per cent more taxes

Majority of the notable tax increases are for emergency services

VIDEO: Mass coronavirus quarantines seen in China won’t happen in Canada, authorities say

‘If a case comes here, and it is probably … it will still be business as normal’

Province’s oldest practising lawyer shares advice at her 100th birthday party

Firefighters bring Constance Isherwood a cake with 100 birthday candles

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

B.C. comic wins judgment after club owner slaps cellphone out of his hands

Incident happened last summer when Garrett Clark was performing in Abbotsford

Mayors call for ‘calmness’ as highway rockslide cuts Tofino, Ucluelet off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

Owner surrenders dog suffering from days-old gunshot wound to B.C. SPCA

The dog was also found to be emaciated and suffering from a flea infestation

B.C. man dies after police called for ‘firearms injury’ in rural Alberta

Victim is 30-year-old Greater Victoria man, say police

Most Read