Accused runs before trial decision

Kamloops RCMP are searching the city for Joadth Anderson after he failed to appear in court.

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops man is being hunted by police today—the same day a decision was expected in his trial.

Joadth Anderson, 29, is currently on trial with two other men on multiple counts relating to a Jan. 23, 2013 home invasion. He was the only one not held in custody throughout the trial. Anderson was late to court several time throughout the trial but on Thursday didn't show up at all.

“I reminded him of his obligation to show up on time,” Kamloops Supreme Court Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon said, also noting that he fell asleep several times.

She issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday. Court heard police inquiries found Anderson left his residence around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the homeowner. He told the landlord he was gathering clothes to do laundry but took all his stuff and hasn't returned. Police searches found no sign of him.

Fenlon determined he was on the run.

“It is not likely that he was gathering clothes for laundry at 1:30 a.m.,” Fenlon said before deciding to continue the trial without him.

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