Murder charge doesn’t stop bail approval

One of the seven Kelowna men charged with second degree murder for allegedly beating to death a local man has been released on bail.

Thomas Allen Vaughan, 22,  was granted bail during a hearing Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court.

Anson Schell, Matthew McRae, Daniel McRae, Norman Cocks, Robert Cocks and Robert Leonard Thomas all remain in custody, however, after appearing in provincial court via video link Thursday to set their next court date for Aug. 4.

All seven were charged in the aftermath of Dain Phillips being bludgeoned with a baseball bat, hammer and other objects during a confrontation near the intersection of McCurdy and Gibson roads on June 12.

He died of his injuries the next day at Kelowna General Hospital.

The case has gained a great deal of attention for both its brutality and the fact  it’s history making.

For the first time in B.C., two full patch members of the Hells Angels  have been charged with murder.

Hells Angels Norman Cocks, 31, and Robert Thomas, 46, are among those who have been arrested.  Robert Cocks, the father of Norman, is also the president of the Throttle Lockers, considered  a ‘puppet club’ of the Hells Angels, based out of 100 Mile House.


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