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Chatsworth Man Pleads Guilty To Accessory After Fact In Death Of Nolan Panchyshyn

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Dwayne Hammond gets five years less time served; second accused remains before the courts.

(past photo of Nolan Panchyshyn) 

A Chatsworth Township man has pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder in the death of Nolan Panchyshyn.

Dwayne Hammond, 47, was sentenced to five years in custody less time served after being convicted of the criminal offence at Owen Sound Superior Court on Thursday.

Hammond will be released from prison in three and a half years, or 42 months, because of his pre-trial time served.

Panchyshyn, from Southampton, was 20-years-old when he went missing in December 2017. Police located his remains during a search of Hammond's property on Concession 2 in Chatsworth on March 15, 2018.

Hammond was one of two men charged with second-degree murder in Panchyshyn's death. The crown withdrew that charge last month.

David Beattie, 22, remains in custody on charges of second-degree murder and indignity to a dead body. His case remains in the bail phase.

Hammond made several admissions in an agreed statement of facts relating to his plea. He admits to being present in the home when Panchyshyn was shot, assisting with moving Panchyshyn's body, cleaning the crime scene, destructing and disposing the weapon and providing misleading information to police during the initial part of their investigation.

These details are included in a redacted version of the agreed statement. A temporary publication ban and sealing order is in place on the entire agreed statement of facts relating to Hammond's guilty plea until the completion of criminal proceedings against Beattie.

According to the redacted statement, police were granted a warrant to search Hammond's property on March 9, 2018.

On March 14, 2018, police discovered what were believed to be Panchyshyn's boots sitting on top of the main floor wood stove of the residence.

Police began a comprehensive search of Hammond's property on March 15, 2018 and located a large amount of ammunition, a .22 rifle bolt and a trigger lock. Police also located and seized a hard drive attached to a security system running at the property.

Hammond was brought into custody on March 17, 2018.

A day after being arrested, Hammond was escorted by officers back to the scene. The agreed statement of facts goes on to say Hammond then led police to Bell's Lake, which was a short distance from the residence, and told them how he had thrown the gun into the lake.

OPP Water Search and Rescue attended and located the firearm in the shallow waters of the lake.

The court heard yesterday Panchyshyn was living a high risk lifestyle fuelled by an addiction to methamphetamine at the time of his death. Although he had a tumultuous past, family and friends reported he was trying to get clean and better his life.




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