OOPS: Man accidentally released on bail on domestic violence charges

KAMLOOPS – A man held in custody on a string of domestic violence charges was mistakenly set free on bail from the Kamloops Law Courts and a Supreme Court judge was asked to fix it last week.

"Confusing," was how Justice Hope Hyslop described the situation surrounding Jeremy Allen, born 1980.

It's not clear exactly how the mistake happened. Allen is before the courts in Kelowna and Kamloops on separate charges of assault against the same woman. On July 24, Provincial Court Judge Len Marchand released him on bail on the Kamloops file. Either his order or a clerical error in the registry allowed him to be released on the Kelowna file as well.

Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston said the decision Marchand made on the Kelowna file was done in the court registry, not in open court.

Discovering the error is the easy part. Figuring out the remedy is another matter entirely. 

The case is reserved until Hyslop's decision. 

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