Man accused of killing off-duty officer Catherine Campbell released on bail again

Man accused of killing off-duty officer Catherine Campbell released on bail again

The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell has once again been freed on bail.

Christopher Garnier was initially released on bail in December 2016 with conditions that he remain at his father's condo in Bedford or his mother's home in Cape Breton when he was not at work or in the company of a surety.

But police allege he did not answer the door of his mother's house when police checked to see if he was home on the weekend of Feb. 18. He was arrested the following day and charged with breaching his bail conditions.

Breach hearing

A hearing on that matter was held in Halifax provincial court on Wednesday. Garnier was released on the same conditions as his earlier bail, but Judge Bill Digby clarified one aspect.

Among Garnier's release conditions is a stipulation that he is permitted to leave his father's or mother's home for a two-hour period each week to attend to personal needs. At the hearing, Digby specified that those personal needs include banking, groceries or matters of personal hygiene.

Other conditions include that Garnier report every Wednesday and Friday to Halifax police, that he remain in Nova Scotia, abstain from drugs and alcohol, have no firearms or weapons and have no contact with potential witnesses.

The Crown consented to his release. A trial on the breach charges will take place in Halifax provincial court on Aug. 15 and 16.

Bail revocation denied

The Crown had been seeking to have Garnier's bail revoked. Last week, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski ruled that the Crown failed to prove Garnier breached his bail conditions. The judge refused to revoke his bail.

The murder trial is set for November.

Campbell's body was found under the Macdonald Bridge on Sept. 11, 2015. Police had been looking for her after she failed to report for work days earlier. Garnier is also charged with interfering with her remains.