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Assault death case proceeds

July 29, 2016 1:11 P.M.
Cory Richard Eric Van Gilder in 2010. (


A man charged with manslaughter in the death of a 30-year-old Ontario man outside the Kelowna Cactus Club in February had a court appearance Thursday, but his matter was adjourned for three more weeks.

Cory Richard Eric Van Gilder, 26, was charged with manslaughter in early July, after Zachary Gaudette was knocked unconscious, and later died, outside the Banks Road restaurant on Feb. 17.

Police said Gaudette was the victim of an assault just before 9 p.m. A witness said the restaurant's manager performed CPR on the man for “almost 20 minutes” before police arrived.

Gaudette died in hospital two days later.

Van Gilder fought one professional mixed martial arts fight in Edmonton on May 28, 2010, and has a minor criminal record consisting of two previous driving charges.

Van Gilder, who is currently not in custody, was not present in court on Thursday, but a lawyer representing Van Gilder's defense attorney requested a three-week adjournment, as his defense has yet to receive the disclosure on the case from the Crown.

Disclosure is the evidence the Crown and police have collected to prosecute the case.

Van Gilder's next court date is now set for Aug. 18.

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