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Charges stayed in West Kelowna drug trafficking and weapons trial

The charges against Tyson Bone were stayed on May 28, 2019.
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May 28, 2019 - 11:57 AM

KELOWNA - A long-awaited drug trafficking and gun trial scheduled to begin in Kelowna today was halted before it even had a chance to start.

Tyson Ashleigh Bone, born in 1983, and Savanna Ashley-Lynn Malone, born in 1991, were set to stand trial to face a laundry list of drug and restricted firearms possession charges in Kelowna Supreme Court today, May 28, however, a stay of proceedings was ordered, which essentially halts further legal process in the case, including the trial.

The cause for the stay of proceedings was not stated in court documents. Crown counsel for the case Bryan Fitzpatrick declined to comment.

Nathalie Houle, media relations advisor for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada offered little more, saying just that a stay of proceedings happens in accordance with the Decision to Prosecute test set out in the PPSC Deskbook.

When deciding whether to initiate and conduct a prosecution on behalf of the federal Crown, Crown counsel must consider two issues: Is there is a reasonable prospect of conviction based on evidence that is likely to be available at trial? If there is, would a prosecution best serve the public interest?

If the answer to both questions is yes, the decision to prosecute test is met. If not, and charges have been laid, the charges should be withdrawn or a stay of proceedings entered.

Bone and Malone, who were both arrested in 2016 in West Kelowna during a police raid, faced 24 charges each in this case, including multiple counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, loaded or unloaded with ammo prohibited or restricted firearm, possessing firearm without license or registration, storage of firearm contrary to regulation, and possess non-firearm unauthorized.

During the 2016 arrest, Kelowna RCMP said Bone could be connected to the Kelowna Warriors gang. The raid uncovered several shotguns and semi-automatic rifles, along with cocaine and methamphetamine.

The original RCMP press release stated a seven-year-old was taken from the home after the 2016 raid and placed in the care of the Ministry of Child and Family Development.

The charges against Savanna Ashley-Lynn Malone were stayed on May 28, 2019.
The charges against Savanna Ashley-Lynn Malone were stayed on May 28, 2019.
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