Man accused of killing says he’s content to stay in jail

The Nanaimo man facing murder and assault charges arising from a violent incident in Brentwood Bay appears in no hurry to get on with his case.

Alan Charles Chapman, 47, appeared in Victoria provincial court via video Wednesday and was advised for a second time to get a lawyer. Chapman was told the same thing last month.

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His next court appearance was scheduled for July 10.

Chapman, a heavyset man with a brush cut who wore an orange, slack-at-the-neck T-shirt, told the court he was content to rest in jail for now.

“I can tell you now that just works great for me,” he said via a video link from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre on Wilkinson Road.

Chapman faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 20-year-old Emily Caruana of the Lower Mainland. He also stands charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one involving Caruana’s uncle, John Caruana of Nova Scotia, the other involving her boyfriend, Justin Booth.

All the charges arise out of a violent incident on May 11 at the home of Doris Caruana, Emily’s grandmother and John’s mother.

Police have not released any details of relationships among Chapman, the Caruanas or Booth.

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