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Lawyer wants Kamloops bat assault trial moved to Kelowna

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November 06, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A trial date still has not been set for a Kamloops man charged with assaulting a teenager with a baseball bat last year, but his lawyer is hoping to have a change in location.

Kristopher Teichrieb appeared by video in Kamloops Supreme Court today, Nov. 6, where lawyers pushed his appearance to next month in hopes of fixing a new date for his trial.

A colleague for Teichrieb's new lawyer, Jordan Watt, appeared by phone and told the court the reason for the delay in setting a new trial date was to "sort out" a venue-change application, which if granted would mean a Kelowna Supreme Court jury trial instead of Kamloops.

The defence is expected to complete the application before Teichrieb's appearance next month.

Teichrieb is charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon in connection to an assault against 18-year-old Jessie Simpson in June 2016. Simpson has been in hospital since the incident.

Many of the circumstances of the alleged offence are bound by a court-ordered publication ban.

Teichrieb was expected to go to trial in Kamloops in January, but lawyers decided last month the three-week time period set aside for the proceedings would not be long enough.

None of the allegations against Teichrieb have been proven in court.

Get caught up on Teichrieb case here.


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