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Fort Langley home invader found guilty

A B.C. Supreme Court judge found Matthew Sherwin, 25, guilty of three criminal charges of aggravated assault,  assault with intent to resist arrest and  break and enter, in relation to a violent home invasion in Fort Langley in April 2010.

He was found not guilty on the fourth count of being in possession of stolen property.

Sherwin will be sentenced on Dec. 14. He has a lengthy criminal record.

In his two-day trial in New Westminster last week, the judge heard evidence from the four Langley RCMP officers who arrived at the home.

The officers testified they could hear yelling and things being thrown around inside the home before Sherwin came out by himself, carrying a blue bat.

The heavy-set, six-foot, four-inch Sherwin dropped the bat, but ignored police commands to get on the ground. He instead screamed incoherently and tossed a sheathed knife at one of the officers before making a run for it.

Another officer testified he attempted to tackle Sherwin to the ground but couldn’t, given the young criminal’s size. It took four officers and a Taser to subdue Sherwin, who was believed to be high on drugs that evening.

The 52-year-old victim of the home invasion, Steven Gary Marsh, died nearly a month after the brutal beating. Sherwin was not charged in connection with his death.

One officer testified that after the take down and arrest of Sherwin, Marsh came out of his home covered in blood.

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