- 2015 Federal Election
No justice for three prolific offenders in Chilliwack Court
Three prolific offenders will not face the justice system for an alleged kidnapping in November as the complainant proved too scared to testify.
Charges of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, unlawful confinement and possession of a weapon were stayed against Jason Arthur Combes in Chilliwack Court last Friday.
And charges of kidnapping, uttering threats, unlawful confinement and possession of a weapon were stayed against Raphael Charles Leon and Richard Joseph Williams in relation to the same incident.
The three were among five who faced the serious charges after allegedly kidnapping a 33-year-old man in November.
The RCMP Serious Crime Unit found the victim in a house on Landing Drive on Skwah First Nations reserve land just west of downtown.
The 25-year-old Williams from Chilliwack was charged immediately with kidnapping, threatening and confinement. A 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, also from Chilliwack, were also arrested, and warrants were issued for Combes and Leon.
“This incident was a targeted situation,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen said in November. “The victim and accused were known to each other. The safety of the community at large was not in jeopardy by this incident.”
The complainant in the case failed to attend court and a warrant was issued on May 14.
The reluctant witness again failed to attend court on June 27, and all charges were stayed.
The three men, Combes, Leon and Williams, all have extensive criminal records dating back more than a decade.
Combes was sentenced to five years in jail in 2009 for the October 2007 incident where, speeding and running through intersections, he T-boned a Mazda at Tyson and South Sumas roads killing 56-year-old Dwayne Vardy.
Combes fled the scene. He also received a 12-year-driving ban, even though he has never had a driver’s licence.
He is scheduled to go on trial for assault causing bodily harm, break and enter, uttering threats, assault and robbery in relation to another incident from 2013.