British soldier is charged with MURDER after brawl that left Canadian businessman dead

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A British soldier has been with second-degree murder after allegedly elbowing a Canadian business owner in the face during a violent brawl in Toronto.

Craig Gibson, 28, appeared in court on Monday accused of assaulting Brett Sheffield, 38, on a night out on 28 August.

Mr Sheffield, who is from the central Canadian province of Manitoba, was on a team-building trip when he was killed, said Justin LeBlanc, a friend and colleague who was with the 38-year-old at the time.

Toronto Police said it responded to reports of an assault in the Portland Street and King Street West area just before 11.30pm.

Officers rushed the victim to hospital in a critical condition, the force said. However, two days later, he died from his injuries.

Victim – Mr. Sheffield

A defence source said Mr Gibson went on a drunken night out with The Highlanders 4th Battalion while off duty and hit the local man ‘with an elbow to the jaw’ before fleeing the scene.

They told The Telegraph: ‘Mr Gibson went out on a night out with The Highlanders 4th Battalion, while off duty and had an altercation with a local and struck the local with an elbow to the jaw.

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‘He then left the scene but later returned. It was suspected that he was drunk, but we can’t say for sure.

‘The local was instantly unconscious after being struck and was later pronounced brain dead at hospital and then deceased.’

The company Mr Sheffield founded, NextGen Drainage, has called the incident a ‘random act of violence’ and paid tribute to the 38-year-old on social media, describing his ‘passion for helping every person feel valued and cared for’.

Mr Gibson had been staying in Canada as part of a military exercise but served in Iraq, according to The Sun.

Any British soldier who is found to have committed an offence, including a criminal offence under the Armed Forces Act 2006, is dealt with through the army’s disciplinary process and may face sanctions including dismissal.

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