In a recent event that disturbed Westsyde residents, a Kamloops man has been mandated to undergo a year of probation.
Richard Thomas Fraser, 38, appeared in Kamloops provincial court, pleading guilty to the charge of unlawfully being in a dwelling house. On May 25th, Fraser, who was then homeless, visited his mother’s residence on Westsyde Road without her knowledge or consent as she was out of town. The incident escalated when Fraser disrobed inside the house and conducted himself inappropriately in full view of the neighbours.
Further, he proceeded to the yard in the same unclothed state, engaging in explicit actions. As described by Crown prosecutor Evan Goulet, the man was conspicuously inappropriate, catching the attention of several neighbours and pedestrians.
Defence attorney John Gustafson highlighted that Fraser grapples with mental health challenges, including schizophrenia. Presently, Fraser resides in Fernie, securing both accommodation and employment. The court was informed that he had progressed well in his new environment.
Considering the circumstances and the recommendations of both the Crown and the defence, Judge Stella Frame of the Kamloops Provincial Court sanctioned a joint-submitted 12-month probation. As part of the probation terms, Fraser is expected to undertake counselling sessions and maintain distance from his mother and her residence.
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