BAT ASSAULT: Teichrieb denied bail ahead of pre-trial hearings

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KAMLOOPS - Another bail application by a Kamloops man accused of beating a teenager with a baseball bat has been denied.

Kristopher Teichrieb, 39, was denied bail by Supreme Court Judge Austin Cullen in court today, Jan. 4. The decision was given in Vancouver and live streamed to a Kamloops courtroom.

Teichrieb is charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon in connection to the attack against Savona teen Jessie Simpson on June 19. 

Simpson has remained in a coma since the incident. Friends and family have previously said Simpson had stumbled upon Teichrieb's Clifford Avenue property after attending a graduation party in the Brock neighbourhood.

Teichrieb was denied bail last year by Provincial Court judge Stephen Harrison in Kamloops. Today, Cullen found Harrison did not err in his judgement, therefore Teichrieb should remain in custody.

The details of the bail hearing cannot be published due to a court-ordered publication ban. Teichrieb will begin pre-trial hearings later this month, the details of which are also protected by a publication ban.

He has elected a trial by judge and jury.

Since being in custody, Teichrieb has been charged with another offence. Court documents show the alleged offence happened while Teichrieb was 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 bat assault case here.

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