Former inmates in court after deal goes bad

Darcy Jovic of Vancouver is facing multiple charges related to an alleged Vernon break-in from 2010.

By Charlotte Helston

A Vancouver man began his trial today on several charges after a jailhouse deal with his Vernon inmate soured once they were freed.

Darcy Jovic, 47, is charged with breaking and entering a dwelling with intent, criminal harassment, uttering threats, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. He faces a judge and jury in Vernon Supreme Court.

In her opening statement, Crown counsel Cristina Cabulea said Jovic met Kimber Derkson, who now lives in the Lower Mainland, in 2007 while in prison. Once released, they struck a deal, Cabulea said. Jovic paid Derkson for "work he needed to have done." While it appears Derkson initially agreed—he took the money— he refused to do the task. At some point, he realized Jovic had a history of criminal harassment. Between 2009 and 2010 Jovic threatened Derkson, saying if he didn't repay the money or perform the work, he would hurt him, Cabulea said.

On June 17, 2010, Derkson's house on Alexis Park Drive in Vernon was broken into and several items—including a pre-paid cellphone, some tools, and a safe—were stolen. Derkson told police he suspected Jovis.

The Crown will call several witnesses, including members of the RCMP, a vehicle rental employee, a pizza delivery boy and a neighbour.

Cabulea said she suspects the biggest issue in this case to be one of credibility.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250)309-5230.


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