Man denied bail in shotgun incident at Penticton elementary school

A Penticton man is remaining in custody after allegedly discharging a firearm at a Penticton elementary school around 5 a.m.

A Penticton man was denied bail after allegedly discharging  a shotgun at the door of a Penticton elementary school during the early morning hours Dec. 11.

Yvon Omer Martel, 59, is facing charges of assault, breaking and entering, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, unlawfully discharging a firearm and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

Crown counsel Ann Lerchs alleged Martel was involved in a domestic dispute which culminated with him shooting his shotgun inside a Penticton residence during the early morning hours Dec. 11. Martel was later found by police at École Entre Lacs on Nelson Avenue after allegedly shooting the lock on the door, entering and waiting for RCMP to arrive.

Lerchs said Martel was taken into custody without issue.

Martel remains in custody after his bail was denied on Dec. 12 in Penticton Provincial Court.

Martel has a prior criminal record which Lerchs noted was dated, but included multiple break and enter charges and an assault charge in 2000.

Martel returns to court Dec. 28 to consult legal counsel.


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