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Man gets life in prison for 2017 murder of Vancouver couple

Last Updated Jul 28, 2020 at 1:09 pm PDT

FILE - The Marpole home where Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones were found on Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

The young man who brutally murdered a couple in their Vancouver home in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison

Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam was sentenced Tuesday, with no chance of parole for 25 years

Dianna Mah-Jones and Richard Jones were murdered in their Marpole home almost three years ago

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The young man who brutally murdered a couple in their Vancouver home in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam, 27, was given a single sentence Tuesday, with no chance of parole for 25 years for the brutal murders of Dianna Mah-Jones and Richard Jones in their Marpole home almost three years ago.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Laura Gerow said during her decision that the victims were innocent and defenceless strangers to Kam, who murdered them in their own home in a prolonged and vicious attack.

Crown Counsel had been asking for two life sentences, 50 years combined, before parole eligibility. However, the court issued a concurrent sentence.

Gerow ruled the request for consecutive sentences was not appropriate because it would have imposed an unduly long and harsh term.

Prosecutors had argued Kam wanted to experience what it was like to kill someone and relish it.

His defence lawyer argued at trial that his client believed he was in a video game during the murders, while the Crown said Kam bought a hatchet two weeks prior with the intent to kill someone.

He convicted last month.

Kam admitted to the crimes, but pleaded not guilty in B.C. Supreme Court.

While Kam’s defense pushed the theory he was obsessed with violent video games and his mind was compromised in a gaming consciousness, the browsing history on his computer showed he had looked up how to clean up a crime scene.

More than 200 officers and staff were initially involved in the investigation, while no motive was found connecting the accused with the victims.

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According to Vancouver police, Kam was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to Calgary with his family as a teenager, and had been in Vancouver only since that summer.

He was arrested at a residence not far from where the crimes happened.

Kam had no prior criminal record or known mental health issues.