Shawnigan family hopes lessons can be learned

This is one of the last photos of Samantha Noble together with her brother Tyler at Samantha’s graduation in June 2011. - courtesy Samantha Noble
This is one of the last photos of Samantha Noble together with her brother Tyler at Samantha’s graduation in June 2011.
— image credit: courtesy Samantha Noble

The family of Shawnigan Lake’s Tyler Noble is reacting strongly to the unnecessary violence that led to his death in 2011 while praising the overwhelming support received from so many people.

Brandon Carl Huth of Victoria was sentenced in a Victoria courtroom Tuesday to two years less a day in jail plus three years probation in the manslaughter death of Noble.

“I believe that the justice of the case isn’t in the verdict but by how people take Tyler’s story and think about how the effects of violence can be prevented,’’ wrote Noble’s sister Samantha, 20, in an email to the News Leader Pictorial.

“Any form of violence is not OK and can result in a death.”

Tyler Noble, 20 years old at the time, was struck by a single punch from Huth outside a downtown Victoria McDonald’s on Nov. 26, 2011 and fell backwards, hitting his head on the sidewalk. After being taken to hospital, Noble died a few hours later.

“The sentence was within the range Crown was seeking,’’ said Crown spokesman Neil Mackenzie.

Huth was given credit in sentencing for 11 days already served in custody and will serve his sentence at the Brannen Lake correctional facility in Nanaimo to be closer to his ill father.

Several conditions imposed by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Macaulay included 240 hours of community service to be completed in the first 18 months of probation.

“When we met with Crown last week, this is what he thought the judge would do,’’ posted Tyler’s father Ken Noble on Facebook.

“If Huth had received a sentence any longer than two years, he could not put him on a lengthy probation. Any sentence over two years, you do your time and that is it. It was the best sentence to keep the public safe and Huth on a short leash for the next five years.’’

Macaulay stressed in his judgement the incident was fueled by alcohol and a life was lost unnecessarily, as a result.

“Clearly, it’s a tragic case, a tragic outcome,’’ said Mackenzie.

Getting through the ordeal has been an almost daily occurrence for the Nobles.

“We will always have a long road ahead of us knowing that Tyler will not be with us,’’ Samantha noted.

“Losing someone so close to you is one of the hardest most painful things I’ve ever gone through. We wouldn’t be standing here today without the support of the community and our family and friends.’’

Speaking publicly about the case for the first time, Ken Noble said the details go far deeper than what came out in court and there’s a culture on the streets of Victoria that has to be stopped.

“We’re meeting with the mayor of Victoria to tell him what happened,’’ he said.

“This wasn’t a fight, this wasn’t a drunken brawl.’’

Ken had nothing but kind words for the actions of the police in bringing the matter to justice.

“They were everything from guiding us to a shoulder to cry on,’’ he said.

Same goes for prosecutor Tim Stokes’ execution of his duties.

“There’s nothing we can say, he’s just incredible,’’ said Noble. “We saw the best of the best.’’

There is much to be learned from this incident from personal experience for Samantha Noble.

“I’ve learned to always remind your family how much you love them every day and to live each day like it is your last, just as Tyler has done throughout his life. I’ve learned that your support system is everything.

“Due to another individual’s actions, I lost my best friend, my brother and that is unforgivable. I hope for people to really think about that when getting into an altercation with another individual.

“Is it really worth it? Is it really worth putting my life at risk or this other individual’s or all the individuals present in the situation?

“If everyone walked away that night, I would have had a brother and nieces and nephews. Because of a senseless act that night, this all could have been prevented just by critically thinking, and that breaks my heart.’’

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