June 03, 2014 - 11:17 AM
"I’M WORRIED THAT HE MIGHT REOFFEND AGAIN”
KAMLOOPS — A Kelowna man awaiting a manslaughter re-trial in the death of a Kelowna teen in 1993 has been granted bail provided he comes up with $75,000 surety.
Neil George Snelson, 47, was once tried and convicted of the manslaughter of 19-year-old college student Jennifer Cusworth. He was granted a re-trial on appeal.
Snelson's re-trial was moved to Kamloops earlier this year.
Information from the bail hearing today is protected by a publication ban. If he can post the $75,000, he can be released into the community to await his trial, expected later this year.
If Snelson is released, he will live under house arrest at his sister’s home in Lake Country, B.C.
Terry and Jean Cusworth, Jennifer Cusworth's parents, shared their frustrations after court today.
“I don’t want to see him on the streets; I’m worried that he might reoffend again,” Jean said. “I don’t want anyone to have to go through what we’ve been going through.”
While released, Snelson must remain on his sister’s property at all times. He is permitted to leave if accompanied by a family member or an adult approved by his bail officer.
Snelson may leave the house for work and court between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
He is not allowed to possess weapons, including firearms and cannot use drugs or alcohol.
Snelson’s re-trial court date is still pending and has had several delays. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 16 to set a date for trial.
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-This story was updated at 3:03 p.m., June 3 to add video.
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