Current Conditions

Partly Cloudy

Warrants issued for two witnesses who fled before testifying

Image Credit: File photo
June 14, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Warrants are expected to be issued this week for the two witnesses who fled Kamloops to Vancouver before they could testify in an armed robbery trial.

The trial was adjourned last month after Crown's two key witnesses left town. Alicia Pala and Abhishek Chandra were supposed to testify on May 30, but the trial was postponed until the next day.

That gap in time was all Pala and Chandra needed to become frightened and head down to Vancouver before taking the stand.

Chandra and his then-pregnant partner Pala were staying at the Columbia Motor Inn in October 2015 after moving to Kamloops from Vancouver. On Oct. 17, two men busted down the door to their room with an aluminum bat. The suspects, alleged to be Braaten and Santoro, told the couple to leave while they ransacked the room, stealing money and jewelry, Gold said.

The couple ran down to the front desk and had someone call the police. Both men were arrested at the scene.

Crown prosecutor Joel Gold told the courtroom the trial is expected to begin Wednesday, June 15.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Ashley Legassic or call 250-319-7494 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2016
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular kamloops News
  • Comments
  • Routine stop in Kamloops turns into yelling match on Halston Avenue
    KAMLOOPS - What should have been a straightforward impaired driving check became tense yesterday as people in two cars yelled at each other about who had guns in their cars, police say. Arou
  • Body of man found dead in Vernon identified
    VERNON - The man found dead last week in Vernon has been identified as Dustin Rogers in a report from Global News. According to police, a body was discovered about 7:24 a.m. March 23 near
  • Kamloops RCMP bust drug dealer
    KAMLOOPS – Police in Kamloops have arrested a Falkland man for drug trafficking following an investigation two weeks ago. RCMP say members of the Street Level Drug Unit conducted an in
  • Canadian ship involved in massive cocaine bust in international waters
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Royal Canadian Navy vessel was involved in an international anti-drug trafficking mission that led to the seizure of more than 14 tonnes of cocaine in international water
  • Semi dodges man on Trans Canada near Chase
    CHASE - A distraught man narrowly avoided serious injury last week after jumping in front of a semi on the Trans Canada near Chase. RCMP say a commercial transport truck was traveling on the
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile