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Crown wants stricter probation on teen arsonist

November 07, 2013 - 3:27 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Crown is seeking additional probation conditions for a convicted teenage arsonist, imprisoned last year as an adult.

Tristan Fernandez, 16, pleaded guilty to arson and break and enter charges in October 2012 after he lit fire to a North Kamloops home and killed a family's pet dog in April of that year.

He was sentenced to an additional year in jail after time already served, along with three years on probation.

Today, Crown prosecutor Chris Balison said RCMP, including a national security investigation team, have recommended five additional conditions to Fernandez's probation order, only two of which were heard in court: advising his probation officer of any relationships with a female and supervision of any social activities with a female.

Fernandez said he takes full responsibility for his actions, but said the additional terms are 'excessive.'

As he detailed the counselling he has taken for drugs and alcohol and to manage 'anger and emotions,' provincial court Judge Chris Cleavely advised him to seek legal counsel.

Cleavely ordered a hearing with evidence by the Crown.

"Obviously Mr. Fernandez is disputing that," he said. "There's a substantive step up in terms of these conditions."

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