A B.C. Supreme Court jury has found Lawrence Sharpe guilty of manslaughter after he punched another man inside a Starbucks coffee shop following a dispute between the accused’s girlfriend and the victim.The verdict came on Saturday afternoon, following just over a day of deliberations. The 12-member jury had begun their deliberations on Friday morning.The jury acquitted Sharpe’s girlfriend, co-accused Oldouz Pournouruz, of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Michael Page-Vincelli,Sharpe will remain on bail pending his sentencing. His matter has been adjourned to May 1 for a pre-sentence report.Outside court, Pournouruz hugged family members and cried.Steffany Page, the victim’s mom, said she was not happy that Pournouruz was acquitted and doesn’t feel justice was done.“At the end of the day, my son is gone.”Regarding Sharpe, she said that she expects he may get a few years in jail and felt “that’s not fair for us.”The trial heard that the couple had gone to the Kensington shopping mall on Hastings Street to run some errands, with Sharpe going inside a Royal Bank and Pournouruz remaining outside in their vehicle.Several witnesses described a shouting match that erupted between Pournouruz and Page-Vincelli outside the bank, with the two of them yelling and swearing at each other.Pournouruz claimed that during the course of the dispute, Page-Vincelli, 22, approached her vehicle and threw a burning cigarette at her, calling her a dirty immigrant and telling her to return to her home country.
Lawrence Alvin Sharpe and Oldouz Pournouruz, who were charged with manslaughter following an altercation in November 2017 in a Burnaby Starbucks that resulted in the death of Michael Page-Vincelli, 22 leave B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Feb. 11, 2019. Sharpe was convicted of manslaughter while Pournouruz was acquitted.
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After Page-Vincelli left and headed toward the nearby Starbucks, Pournouruz went inside the bank to speak to her boyfriend.The Crown argued that Pournouruz encouraged Sharpe to assault Page-Vincelli but she denied the allegation during her testimony, claiming that she only told him about the cigarette incident and did not spur him on.Sharpe testified that after he spoke briefly with Pournouruz, he only wanted to find out what had happened and wanted an apology.Pournouruz and Sharpe went to the Starbucks with Pournouruz pointing in Page-Vincelli’s direction after they entered the coffee shop.Seconds later, Sharpe stepped around Pournouruz and delivered a single blow to Page-Vincelli, who fell to the ground hitting his head, perhaps striking a counter on the way down. Page-Vincelli suffered a skull fracture and was rushed to the hospital but died later of his injuries.Sharpe claimed that Page-Vincelli was advancing towards him and that he only hit the victim in self-defence, but the Crown challenged that assertion, arguing that he wanted to assault Page-Vincelli because he had bullied his girlfriend.The interactions inside the bank and the coffee shop were captured on surveillance video, which was played in court for the jury.Following an application from several media outlets, including Postmedia, a copy of the video was released for firstname.lastname@example.org/keithrfraserCLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com.