Judge denies bail application for man facing an extortion charge

A recent Kelowna transplant charged with extortion after an incident at a downtown bank last month has been denied bail.

A recent Kelowna transplant charged with extortion after an incident at a downtown bank last month has been denied bail.

Christopher Frank Butler, 37, was arrested the afternoon of March 21, after police say they received a report of a customer at TD Canada Trust at Ellis Street and Bernard Avenue holding an object believed to be a nail file and making reference to his bank account and having money in it by the end of the day.

Police were called in after the man left the bank and they arrested Butler at Kelowna Gospel Mission, where he had been staying after moving to Kelowna about a month earlier.

On Monday morning, Butler appeared via video link in a Kelowna courtroom to seek his release on bail.

Evidence presented at the hearing, submissions made, and the judge’s rationale for her decision to keep Butler in custody are subject to a publication ban and cannot be reported.

Butler’s next scheduled court appearance is April 19.

cwierda@kelownacapnews.com

 

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