Bail sought in Vernon vehicle theft, arson case

Sheldon Veness’ file moved to the judicial case manager’s office to fix a date for a bail hearing

UPDATE: Dec. 27

A bail hearing has been set for Jan. 30, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Original: Dec. 20

A Vernon man facing charges of arson and theft of a motor vehicle is seeking bail.

Sheldon Veness, 25, was in Vernon Law Courts by way of video Thursday, Dec. 20 where Rod Wark, who acted as agent for defence lawyer Nick Jacobs, asked for the file to move to the judicial case manager’s office at 2 p.m. to fix a date for a bail hearing.

As of press time Thursday, no date had been set for Veness’ bail hearing.

Veness is in custody after his arrest Nov. 17. An RCMP report alleges that police responded to a break and enter call Nov. 16 after the homeowner reported his vehicle being stolen. That vehicle was later found engulfed in flames near Okanagan Landing Elementary School.

Police later found a suspect driving in the area on Nov. 17 and attempted to make an arrest, the RCMP said. The suspect fled on foot, police said, before being taken into custody without injury.

Related: Veness appearance adjourned

Related: Cops arrest ‘prolific offender’ after evasion attempt

Veness is facing seven charges, including two counts of break and enter a dwelling with intent or commit and one count each of theft of a motor vehicle, arson damaging property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer and willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer.

None of the charges against Veness have been proven in court.


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