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BAT ASSAULT: Kamloops man accused of beating teen won't appear for pre-trial hearing

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January 18, 2017 - 10:19 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops man accused of beating a teenager with a baseball bat last year will not have to appear for a pre-trial hearing next week.

A preliminary hearing for Kristopher Teichrieb, born in 1977, is expected to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 25, and his defence lawyers filed an application to have his client excused from the proceedings.

Lawyer Mila Shah appeared in Kamloops Provincial Court today, Jan. 18, and asked judge Len Marchand to grant the application, saying it would be beneficial to everyone if Teichrieb remained at Surrey Pre-trial Centre during the inquiry.

She said three to four witnesses will be called during the "concentrated" preliminary hearing and it would be expensive to transport Teichrieb to and from Kamloops. Shah said Teichrieb also has a meeting with an expert next week and they're hoping to not have to reschedule.

It's not clear what kind of expert Teichrieb is meeting with.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan consented to the application and the judge granted it.

"You've given good reasons... I am granting the application," Marchand said.

Teichrieb is facing charges of attempted murder and assault with a weapon in connection to the attack against Savona resident Jessie Simpson, who was 18 at the time.

Earlier this year, Teichrieb was denied bail for the second time. He's been in custody since June 19, 2016.

The details of the bail hearings and the preliminary inquiry cannot be disclosed due to a court ordered publication ban.

Simpson has been in a coma since the alleged assault. Friends and family have previously said Simpson had ended up on Teichrieb's Clifford Avenue property after attending a graduation party in the Brock neighbourhood.

During his time in custody, Teichrieb has been charged with another offence. Court documents show the alleged offence happened while Teichrieb was being held in pre-trial custody in Surrey.

He's facing one charge of counselling an indictable offence not committed. The document states he allegedly counselled someone to commit bodily harm against a person.

Find past stories on the Kristopher Teichrieb case here.

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