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Accused's bail release reversed after judge's error

Kamloops Law Courts
September 05, 2014 - 6:00 PM

KAMLOOPS – On Friday afternoon, a man previously released on bail was put back behind bars before his trial due to a provincial court judge’s error.

Jeremy Allen, 34, faces domestic violence related charges both in Kamloops and Kelowna courts. On July 24, Judge Len Marchand released him on bail for both files. As the Kelowna file is not within the Kamloops jurisdiction, prosecutors argued for Marchand’s order to be re-evaluated since the Kamloops court did not discuss the Kelowna file in open court.

“The Kelowna file was not before the court, it was referred to at the hearing by the Crown (as background information),” said Kamloops Supreme Court Justice Hope Hyslop.

Hyslop agreed with the Crown that given Allen’s history of breaching bail he should be kept in custody prior to his trial.

“I cannot rely on Mr. Allen’s word that he will not breach his (bail) again,” she said.

Hyslop reversed Allen’s release. He will stand trial for the Kelowna file on September 8.

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