Oscar Arfmann is back in court on Monday morning for the final step in his trial and conviction for the first-degree murder of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson. (Sketch by Felicity Don)

‘My world fell apart,’ slain Abbotsford cop’s wife tells court as killer sentenced

Oscar Arfmann, guilty of killing Const. John Davidson, to be sentenced for shooting of officer

The killer of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson has been officially sentenced to spend his life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

The sentence – a formality given that Oscar Arfmann had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the 2017 killing – was handed down in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster Monday after Davidson’s family delivered victim impact statements.

Arfmann shot Davidson at an Abbotsford shopping centre in November of 2017.

Read our earlier updates below

• • • • •

The family of Const. John Davidson delivered victim-impact statements Monday during sentencing for the slain Abbotsford police officer’s killer.

Oscar Arfmann will receive an automatic jail sentence of life with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Davidson’s wife, Denise, told the court that her “world fell apart” when she heard her husband had been shot and killed.

She said she was at work on Nov. 6, 2017, when she was summoned by her manager and brought into a conference room, where two officers informed her of her husband’s death.

Her first though was that her husband was playing an elaborate joke. Then, she said, “my world fell apart.”

She said she wakes every morning to a vision of her husband falling to the ground.

But she said attending the trial, and seeing its results, was important.

“Now that the truth has been proven in court, we can walk away knowing that justice has been done … Anything less would have been devastating,” she told the court. “Attending the trial was incredibly difficult, but it was the last thing we could do for John.”

One of Davidson’s daughters, Dina, told the court about her father’s spirit.

“He was the provider of fun on family outings,” she said. “It is so hard to live in a world where Oscar Arfmann exists and my dad does not.”

Watch The News for more on the sentencing hearing.

• • • • •

From earlier:

Victim-impact statements are expected to be presented in court today (Monday) in the case of Abbotsford cop killer Oscar Arfmann.

Arfmann was convicted on Oct. 10 of the first-degree murder of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson on Nov. 6, 2017.

Although a hearing was later expected to be scheduled to determine whether Arfmann, 67, was “not criminally responsible” for the killing, defence lawyer Martin Peters declared on Jan. 13 that there would be no need for such a proceeding.

That meant that Arfmann’s automatic sentence for first-degree murder – life with no chance of parole for 25 years – would stand.

RELATED: Guilty verdict and life sentence stand for Abbotsford cop killer

Today’s hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster is being held so that Davidson’s friends and family can present statements about how the killing has impacted them, and so other procedural matters can be dealt with.

In Justice Carol Ross’s ruling on Oct. 10, she said she had no doubt that Arfmann was the man responsible for killing Davidson in the parking lot of a strip mall on Mt. Lehman Road.

Davidson was the first officer to arrive on the scene after reports were received of Arfmann firing shots at two Fraser Valley Auto Mall employees who confronted him about a vehicle he had stolen from there two days prior.

Davidson was shot twice from behind, including once when he was face-down on the ground.

Arfmann was arrested not far from the scene after police chased him, crashed into the vehicle he was driving and shot at him.

RELATED: Judge agrees that guilty verdict should stand for Abbotsford cop killer


 

@VikkiHopes
vhopes@abbynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

BC Supreme Court

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Oct. 18

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

A Rick Hansen Secondary School student died in hospital after suffering a medical incident in class on Monday. (File photo)
Abbotsford student dies after medical incident in class

Rick Hansen Secondary School offering additional counselling for students who require it

Stock photo
$93,000 in COVID-19 emergency support available to Abbotsford charities

Applications now open for grants through community foundation

The RCMP helicopter. (File photo)
Suspect escapes after police pursuit through Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford

Police chase involved two stolen vehicles, including one taken in Mission

FILE – People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing facility in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, August 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
167 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death recorded as B.C. enters 2nd wave

Three new healthcare outbreaks also announced

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID/NIH via AP
At least 49 cases of COVID-19 linked to wedding in Calgary: Alberta Health

McMillan says the city of Calgary has recently seen several outbreaks linked to social gatherings

UBC geoscientists discovered the wreckage of a decades-old crash during an expedition on a mountain near Harrison Lake. (Submitted photo)
Wreckage of decades-old plane crash discovered on mountain near Harrison Lake

A team of Sts’ailes Community School students helped discover the twisted metal embedded in a glacier

Officers with the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team were at a White Rock home Tuesday (Oct. 20) to assist Vancouver Police Department with execution of a search warrant. (Contributed photo)
ERT, VPD response to White Rock home connected to homicide: police

Search underway in the 15800-block of Prospect Crescent

The official search to locate Jordan Naterer was suspended Saturday Oct. 17. Photo courtesy of VPD.
‘I am not leaving without my son,’ says mother of missing Manning Park hiker

Family and friends continue to search for Jordan Naterer, after official efforts suspended

A bear similar to this black bear is believed responsible for killing a llama in Saanich on Oct. 19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bear kills llama on Vancouver Island, prompting concerns over livestock

Officers could not track the bear they feel may not fear humans

Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students in the classroom. He was one of two fathers who filed a court application in August to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections weren’t in place. That application was dismissed last week. (Contributed photo)
B.C. dad pledges to appeal quashed call for mandatory masks, distancing in schools

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster challenged health, education ministries’ return-to-school plan

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
RCMP cleared in fatal shooting of armed Lytton man in distress, police watchdog finds

IIO spoke to seven civillian witnesses and 11 police officers in coming to its decision

A 34-year-old man was treated for a gunshot wound in Williams Lake Monday, Oct 19, 2020. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake man treated for gunshot wound after accidental shooting: RCMP

Police are reminding residents to ensure firearms are not loaded when handling them

Most Read