UPDATE: Conditions placed on Nanaimo CAO during peace bond process

Tracy Samra charged with one count of fear of injury/damage by another person

The B.C. Prosecution Service announced that a special prosecutor has approved an application to bind City of Nanaimos chief administrator officer Tracy Samra to a peace bond. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

A special prosecutor has approved an application to bind the City of Nanaimo’s chief administrative officer to a peace bond.

Nine individuals have reasonable grounds to fear that Tracy Samra, the highest-ranking employee with the City of Nanaimo, could cause them harm, a court document shows.

Samra was arrested by RCMP following an incident at city hall Jan. 31, when she allegedly made threats against multiple individuals. She has since been charged with one count of fear of injury/damage by another person. Samra is scheduled to appear in Nanaimo provincial court on March 27.

According to the court document, RCMP believe that Mayor Bill McKay, city councillors Sheryl Armstrong and Diane Brennan and Jan Kemp, Sheila Gurrie, Donna Stennes, Kim Fowler, Brad McRae and Dominic Jones have reasonable grounds to fear personal harm or injury stemming from the Jan. 31 incident.

Kemp, Gurrie and Stennes are currently employed with the city, while Fowler and McRae are former employees. Jones runs an independent news website.

The B.C. Prosecution Service announced today that Michael Klein, the special prosecutor appointed to oversee the case, has approved an application to bind Samra to a peace bond. The prosecution service also said Klein was appointed in an effort to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice and confirmed Samra’s upcoming court date.

Samra’s attorney, Victoria-based criminal defence lawyer Robert A. Mulligan, told the News Bulletin he’s hoping to postpone the case and doubts the March 27 court date will take place.

“I don’t expect that will happen in that I’m going to be, before then, seeking to adjourn the case to give some time necessary to do the work leading up to settling on the course of the case,” he said.

Mulligan said the charge against his client is not a charge in the “usual” way, but is an application for a peace bond, explaining that the Crown is simply seeking to have Samra agree to follow certain conditions.

“It’s an application to the court to order a peace bond, meaning to order that the respondent, in this case Ms. Samra, enter into a recognizance agreeing to follow certain conditions in order to prevent any difficulties going forward,” he said.

Conditions imposed on individuals following successful peace bond applications can include prohibiting contact with certain individuals, weapons bans and prohibiting the consumption or use of drugs or alcohol according to Section 810 of the Criminal Code.

Mulligan said there are “interim” conditions placed on his client – conditions are similar to those that could arise from a peace bond – that will remain in place until the case is concluded.

“They essentially call upon Ms. Samra not to have contact with a number of people,” he said.

Samra remains employed with the city and is on leave.

RELATED: Charges filed against Nanaimo city manager



nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Bantam hockey provincial championships face off starting today

Nanaimo hosting B.C. Hockey’s Tier 2 championship tournament

RDN tipping fees set to go up this year

New bylaw to go to the Regional District of Nanaimo board table, fees would go up starting in July

Police warning of CRA scam at tax time

Nanaimo RCMP offering tips about scams during Fraud Awareneness Month

VIU Mariners men’s team takes 2019 national basketball title

Vancouver Island University defeats Sheridan Bruins 85-82 in CCAA national championship

Nanaimo students make statement at Global Climate Strike

Environmental groups, students and Green Party faithful turn up heat against global warming

B.C. First Nations’ intake of essential nutrients could drop by 31%: study

Professors project the nutrient decrease by 2050 if climate change mitigation continues as is

Man enters unlocked B.C. home with knife, sexually assaults 22-year-old

Investigation ongoing after woman sexually assaulted in Greater Victoria early Sunday morning

Trudeau fills vacancy in cabinet with B.C. MP Joyce Murray

Murray, 64, was elected in 2008 and served previously as a minister in B.C.’s provincial government

Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor says terror likely

Utrecht police release photo of 37-year-old man born in Turkey who is ‘associated with the incident’

Facebook announces changes to political advertising to meet new federal rules

Bill C-76 bans the use of money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns

Travel expected to be slowed by fallout from fire at Toronto’s Pearson airport

All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint

Leivo nets shootout winner as Canucks edge Stars 3-2

Schaller scores first 2 goals of season for Vancouver

Most Read