March 04, 2013 - 2:05 PM
By Jessica Wallace
The trial began today for a pair facing charges in relation to crimes against an alleged drug dealer who was lured, beaten and robbed in 2011.
Morten Joshua Creusot and Taya Carly Reinbold both pled not guilty today in B.C. Supreme Court for charges of robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
On August 20, 2011, RCMP were called to Tim Hortons on Rogers Way in Kamloops after reports of a 25-year-old man who was badly beaten.
Justin Stanley sustained several injuries to his face after an intended meeting with a woman at the Aberdeen Medical Centre at 1966 Harrison Way went awry. He was jumped by several people, one of whom had a bat and another a knife, before being robbed of drugs and money.
RCMP Const. Jason Jacques told the court that Stanley was in rough shape and bloody when he arrived at the Tim Hortons at 9:31 p.m that night.
"He had a very noticeable cut on his forehead and two very prominent black eyes that were almost swollen shut," he said.
He said Stanley was taken immediately to hospital for medical assistance.
Crown prosecutor Bernie Caffaro told the court today that the incident was staged and drug-related.
"(Stanley) was beaten by a number of people including the accused," Caffaro said.
Creusot has been categorized by RCMP as a prolific offender. Manny Brooks pled guilty to two counts of assault in relation to the event in 2011.
The trial resumes this afternoon. Caffaro said he expects the trial to continue over multiple days.
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