Emotional victim impact statements at Gale sentencing
Christopher Gale is expected to be sentenced next week after emotional victim impact statements were delivered on Thursday.
The 32-year-old London man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Jocelyn Bishop on July 23. Gale had pleaded not guilty in the 2010 death.
Jocelyn’s mother Ginette Bishop says the pain never ends, “Every morning you wake up and it’s the first thing you think about. It’s always with you and there’s always something that reminds you of her.”
In her victim impact statement she told the court “A parent shouldn’t have to choose the kind of casket for their child. I miss her laugh, her hugs, her voice.”
Don Bishop, Jocelyn’s father said in his statement: “Every day I shed tears, this is something that will remain with me forever.”
Outside the court he told CTV News “It’s been devastating for us, especially for me, I have to watch all of my family go through what I’m going through.”
The verdict comes with a mandatory life sentence, but Gale could spend anywhere from 10 to 25 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
The Crown has asked that Gale serve 17 to 18 years before being eligible for parole while the defence has asked for 10 years.
The Crown believes Gale’s behaviour after the verdict is an aggravating factor, contending he mouthed ‘F--- you, I know where you live,’ to the Bishop family as he was being led away by officers.
Gale denied saying anything when he took the stand, but members of the Bishop family see it differently.
Bruce Bishop, Jocelyn’s uncle, says “I was closer to him than my brother and I saw the whole thing, definitely, he’s lied again.”
The jurors at his trial also gave recommendations for Gale’s parole eligibility. Two jurors recommended no parole, with ten others recommending he be eligible for parole after 10 years.
Bishop’s body was found buried in a shallow grave behind the home the couple shared on Fanshawe Park Road in July 2010.
Gale’s defence had claimed Jocelyn was depressed and shot herself, while the Crown alleged Gale shot her after an argument.
This was Gale’s second trial, after the first ended in a mistrial because the judge found a jury member “did not uphold their oath."
The sentencing is expected to be delivered on Oct. 10.