Three accused wait while fourth decides on trial election
by Glynn Brothen
Police dogs were used to track the suspects on July 3.
(JENNIFER STAHN /InfoTel Multimedia)
August 14, 2014 - 4:52 PM
KAMLOOPS - Three out of the four men accused of an armed robbery in the Cherry Creek area chose to have their case heard in Supreme Court, but will continue waiting at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre until the fourth man accused makes his election.
Anees Mohammed, born in 1991, Ellwood Bradbury, born in 1990, Gopal Figueredo, born in 1993, appeared by video conference in Kamloops Provincial Court Thursday morning. All three have elected a trial by judge alone in Kamloops Supreme Court. Triston Wight, born in 1996, has not submitted his election yet.
The four were arrested on July 3 after police pursued a car near the New Gold mine. Wight was released on bail July 7.
Police responded to a call of an armed robbery and pursued a car matching the report description. After crashing the car near a ditch, the suspects fled on foot.
Twenty-two police officers responded to the scene. A helicopter and police dogs were used to locate the suspects.
RCMP recovered six firearms, including shotguns, rifles and semi-automatic weapons in the trunk of the car.
Since the event, all but Wight have remained in custody at the Kamloops Regional Correction Centre.
Each accused faces charges of robbery with a firearm and breaking and entering to steal a firearm. All but Wight are charged with possessing a firearm contrary to a court order.
The courts are currently waiting for Wight to elect his mode of trial. His lawyer, Jeremy Jensen, removed himself from the case this morning.
The four men will return to court to fix a trial date on August 25.
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