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UPDATE: Kamloops man charged in connection to bar fight death released on bail

Sean Dunn died in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, 2016 after an alleged fight outside of a North Kamloops bar.
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Original Publication Date June 19, 2017 - 11:20 AM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man charged with second-degree murder in connection to an acquaintance's death near a North Shore pub has been released on bail.

James David Bond, 27, appeared in Kamloops Supreme Court today, June 19, where Crown prosecutor Adrienne Murphy consented to his $10,000 bail on a number of conditions.

Bond is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Sean Dunn, 42, who died in December 2016 after an altercation near a North Shore pub.

The circumstances of the alleged offence cannot be made public due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Bond was released into the care of his mother and step-father, who are sureties in his bail plan. He'll be moving to Victoria to reside with them. He's been put on a number of conditions including a daily curfew, no drugs or alcohol, no contact with Dunn's family members or civilian witnesses, and he's not allowed north of the South Thompson River or west of the North Thompson River. He is not allowed to leave B.C. unless he has permission from his bail supervisor, and he must surrender all of his travel documents including his passport.

Kamloops RCMP said earlier today Bond had been arrested and charged in connection with Dunn's Dec. 30, 2016 homicide. 

Plainclothes commander Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said Bond was arrested outside his North Kamloops home on Friday, June 16.

"Mr. Bond’s name surfaced in this investigation right at the beginning," Pillay said. "Whenever you have a serious violent crime like this, you can never really predict how long it takes to complete the investigation."

Pillay says police spoke with Bond shortly after Dunn's death, but a six-month investigation had to be conducted in order to gather and test evidence, and track down out of town witnesses. Throughout the course of the investigation, Pillay says police monitored Bond so when the time came for an arrest, they were able to attend his home.

Pillay says the murder was not random and that interactions throughout the night led up to a fight near a North Shore bar.

"These two people didn’t have a prior relationship," Pillay says. "They only met each other the evening of the incident."

According to court documents, Bond has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to Dunn's death. The allegations against him haven't been proven in court.

Dunn died in the early morning hours of December 30, 2016 after getting into a fight. He was found in the 400 block of Tranquille Road unconscious around 3 a.m. First responders attempted to revive him, but he succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Police believe the fight started from an argument inside a nearby pub.

Bond has no history of violence and he has a minor criminal record dating back to 2009. He's expected to appear in court for an arraignment hearing next month.

– With files from Brendan Kergin.

— This story was updated at 12:20 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 to include new information from Kamloops RCMP.

— This story was updated at 4:08 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 to include new information from a Kamloops Supreme Court bail review.

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