KELOWNA – A Kamloops man who told a Kelowna bank teller he had cancer before robbing her has been sentenced to two years in jail today.
Cathan Hall, 27, pleaded guilty in Kelowna provincial court to robbing the CIBC on the corner of KLO Road and Richter Street April 11, 2016.
Crown lawyer Carla Dewar told Judge Cathaline Heinrichs that Hall entered the bank at 9:45 a.m. wearing sunglasses and a toque.
“Before she could ask him to remove his sunglasses he gave her a note that said he was poor and has cancer,” she said.
The note also said he had a gun and to give him the money within 30 seconds.
He left the bank with roughly $1,000 and a dye pack, which exploded in his pocket as he crossed KLO Road.
Customers and the teller were able to provide a description of Hall, which included a distinctive tattoo of the word ‘hustler’ on his neck.
The description and a photo were distributed to officers in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country but at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon Hall was seen strolling through the parking lot of the Kelowna RCMP detachment.
Aside from the recognizable tattoo on his neck, he also had a fresh burn mark consistent with a dye pack explosion, Dewar said.
He was arrested and taken into custody but released on bail until he was arrested in Kamloops on Sept. 10, 2016 for domestic assault, assault with a weapon and unlawful confinement. He has been in custody ever since.
Heinrichs accepted Crown’s request for a sentence of two years less one day in order to keep him in provincial jail so he can continue his rehabilitation and education.
“This is a very serious offence,” she said. “It can cause (employees) no end of distress. People… should be able to go to work and feel safe.”
When given a chance to speak via video link, Hall apologized to his victims.
“I never meant to hurt anybody,” he said. “I still caused damage and want to apologize for that. I can’t explain addiction, it’s really destroyed my life really quickly."
“I want to say sorry to the lady at the bank. Jail is definitely not a place I want to spend my life."
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