Accused killer is son of two RCMP officers

Three men charged in death of Walnut Grove teenager, Nicholas Hannon, appeared in court Monday

The three young men charged with first-degree murder in the death of Walnut Grove teen Nicholas Hannon made a brief court appearance on Monday.

One of the accused, 21-year-old Connor Campbell, has gained media attention after it was learned that both his parents are members of the RCMP.

Campbell’s mother is Cpl. Catherine Galliford, who was the RCMP spokesperson during several high-profile cases, including the Robert Pickton investigation and Air India.

She left her position and currently is involved in a lawsuit against the RCMP. She is suing for sexual harassment.

The accused’s father, Darren Campbell, is a high-ranking Sgt. Major with the RCMP.

The three accused include Campbell, Bradley Michael Flaherty, 20, and Keith William Tankard, 20. They are scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Nov. 4.

The three, all friends who were close with the victim and spent  time at his family home, were arrested over the Labour Day weekend and have been in jail since.

Hannon’s body was found in a wooded area of Mission by police that same weekend. Investigators believe Hannon died as a result of a conflict that “turned violent, and ultimately deadly,” said IHIT Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

The victim’s father, Craig Hannon, said the three accused had been welcomed into the family home on many occasions. He spoke to them after his son’s disappearance and they said they knew nothing, Hannon told the media.

Nicholas was last seen by his younger brother at the family’s Walnut Grove home the evening of Feb. 26, 2014.

The next day, his abandoned vehicle was found in the 10400 block of McKinnon Crescent at Derby Reach Park.

A memorial service was held for Hannon last weekend.

Langley Times