April 03, 2014 - 4:10 PM
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO EVIDENCE DOESN'T STAND UP IN COURT
KAMLOOPS – Two men were convicted today for their involvement in a North Shore home invasion in January 2013 while a third man was acquitted.
Kamloops Supreme Court Justice Laurie Ann Fenlon found Joadth “Joey” Anderson, 28, and Travis Kelly, 26, guilty on all charges, including assault with a weapon and unlawful confinement. James “Tiny” Paulin, 45, was acquitted of all charges. A fourth person—Kirsten Hunt—has already been convicted and sentenced to 11 months in prison for her role in the Kemano Street home of Justin Stanley—her former boyfriend.
Fenlon heard that four people wearing masks broke into Stanley's home to rob him. When Stanley walked in on them, he was threatened with a machete and told to lay down. He couldn't see them but he heard them and recognized Hunt's voice. Stanley fought back and pulled Hunt’s mask off. In her panic, Hunt used the names of the three men which Stanley remembered as Travis, Joey and Tiny.
Fenlon found Anderson guilty based on Stanley’s testimony. Stanley knew Anderson and recognized a peculiar slur in his voice. After failing to appear in court during trial, Anderson was arrested on a warrant and is facing additional charges. Another witness linked Kelly to the crime.
Fenlon had her doubts about Paulin's involvement though. He was never fully identified by anyone. Witnesses used the name Tiny, never a proper first or last name. Witness descriptions nor surveillance video were enough to identify him, Fenlon said.
Kelly and Anderson are due back in court for sentencing on April 22.
This story was edited at 8:10 a.m. to include Kelly's name for sentencing.
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