Daniel Coogan, who is accused of killing his brother last year in the apartment they shared at Prevost Place (pictured), will be back in court on Feb. 24 for a preliminary inquiry. (File photo)

Duncan court round-up: murder, arson and animal cruelty cases in court this week

Daniel Coogan accused of killing his brother last year

Daniel Coogan, 28, accused of killing his brother last year in the apartment they shared, will be back in court on Feb. 24.

He will face a preliminary inquiry — an initial inquiry where it’s decided if there is enough evidence to proceed with the case — at the Duncan Courthouse on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

The preliminary inquiry is expected to run for four days.

Just before 12:30 a.m. on May 4, 2019, RCMP officers from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to Prevost Place in the 3200-block of Cowichan Lake Road in North Cowichan for a report of a fight in progress.

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When officers arrived, they discovered Coogan’s brother, 23, suffering from fatal injuries, and he was pronounced dead at the residence.

Coogan has been in custody since then.

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In other court news, Rhiannon Midgley, who is facing an arson charge related to a fire in a multi-unit townhouse complex on Auchinachie Road on Feb. 5, was released from custody on Feb. 18.

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Midgley, 38, is now on bail and will appear again before a judge on March 3 at 2 p.m. after she consults with a lawyer.

She was arrested at the scene on Feb. 5, and was the resident of the unit where the fire started.

Midgley was remanded into custody at the time.

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As well at the Duncan Courthouse on Feb. 18, Kevin Timothy, who is facing an animal cruelty charge in the Hope the dog case, faced a judge in an arraignment hearing.

RELATED STORY: KEVIN TIMOTHY BACK IN COURT ON ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE

His case is being held over until he appears again before a judge at the Duncan courthouse on March 3 at 9 a.m.

Timothy was the owner of a one-year-old female German shepherd called Hope until last May when the BC SPCA took custody of the animal after she was discovered in critical condition tied to a tree.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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