Robertson trial continues under Voir Dire in B.C. Supreme Court

By Jessica Lepp
January 28, 2016 - 4:11pm Updated: January 28, 2016 - 7:05pm

KAMLOOPS — In B.C. Supreme Court today, January 28th, the trial of Jason and Sarah Robertson continued. They face numerous firearms charges.

The case was in Voir Dire today, also known as a trial within a trial, in which a judge is determining the admissibility of evidence.

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On May 8th, 2014 Kamloops RCMP conducted a search of an Arrowstone Drive residence belonging to the accused, Jason and Sarah Robertson.

Constable Dale Baker with the Targeted Enforcement Unit was involved in the surveillance of the home and the eventual search.

Upon entry to the garage Cst Baker noted there was a firearm on the floor.

He testified that there was a work bench with five guns in it, a safe containing ammunition and numerous guns and a gun on top of the safe and beside it.

Cst Baker said there was a bag with two telecommunication devices inside which he testified were stolen.

He said during the search, Sarah Robertson came home with her two children in the car.

Constable Baker said he informed her she was under arrest, read her the Charter and informed her she had the right to contact a lawyer.

Upon cross examination by Defense, Cst Baker admitted even after Robertson expressed the desire for a lawyer he asked her questions about how she made money.

Defense Lawyer Jeremy Jensen then suggested the officer asked questions about the weapons and persistently asked other questions before reading her her rights.

Jensen asked the officer if he knew it was his duty to hold off on questions until a lawyer was present.

Constable Baker replied “yes.”

Defense also questioned why he didn't run any serial numbers on the guns before seizing them – to which he responded “the RCMP doesn't have a dedicated dispatcher.”

In court this afternoon Kamloops RCMP Constable Peter Froyland took the witness stand.

Cst. Froyland who is a part of the Targeted Enforcement Unit, was responsible for seizing the items.

Upon entering the home the officer said he was overwhelmed adding there were firearms and drugs readily visible but it was also clear children lived there.

He noted two TV's on the wall including one for the video surveillance set up outside the home.

Cst Froyland said he had never seen anything like it in his career adding over 400 items were seized.

The trial for Jason and Sarah Robertson will continue in court tomorrow.



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