Man accused of killing off-duty officer must wait for bail ruling

Man accused of killing off-duty officer must wait for bail ruling

A Halifax man accused of murdering off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell will remain in jail for at least two more weeks as a judge decides whether he breached his bail conditions.

Christopher Garnier, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Campbell. Her body was found under the Macdonald Bridge in September 2015, days after she had been reported missing.

Garnier was arrested shortly after Campbell's death but was granted bail in December under strict conditions, including that he be at his father's Bedford condo or mother's Cape Breton home when not at work or in the company of a surety.

Police allege he failed to answer the door of his mother's home in Cape Breton when police showed up on the weekend of Feb. 18 to see if he was home. Garnier was arrested the next day.

Judge needs time

Police and civilian witnesses testified over two days this week at a bail revocation hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. The evidence and arguments are covered by a publication ban.

Justice Peter Rosinski said he needs more time to decide whether Garnier has breached the conditions of his original release. The matter will return to court on April 18.

Depending on Rosinski's decision, Garnier could be released on that date, or there could be another bail hearing to see whether he should be released pending his murder trial, which is set for November.

Possible breach of conditions

Officers had been doing compliance checks at both homes to ensure Garnier was abiding by his release conditions.

According to Halifax Regional Police, he didn't come to the door in Bedford on Feb. 17. Cape Breton Regional Police checked on him at his mother's home the next day and said they couldn't locate him.

He was arrested at his mother's home on Feb. 19 and has been in jail ever since.