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The accused in a 2010 speedboat-houseboat crash wants legal funding
Funding for legal defence is an issue being added to the already complicated proceedings centring on a fatal houseboat-speedboat collision on Shuswap Lake in July 2010.
Leon Michael Reinbrecht is charged with criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm following the crash that left an 18-foot Campion Runabout fully embedded inside the houseboat’s cabin.
Killed in the crash was houseboat owner and driver, 53-year-old Kenneth William (Kenny) Brown of Chase. Thirteen people were aboard the houseboat and three people on the speedboat. In addition to Brown, eight people were taken to hospital in Kamloops. All but two were released the next day. The crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. on July 3, 2010, as boats were leaving Magna Bay following the annual Canada Day weekend fireworks display.
At a pre-trial conference Monday, Sept. 9, funds for Reinbrecht’s defence were discussed. In July, the accused had applied for help in funding the trial, but at the Sept. 9 conference the court questioned why he had not filed documents requested regarding his financial standing.
The trial had initially been set to start in September but was adjourned to Jan. 6, 2014. On Sept. 9, the defence requested that the trial be adjourned again, but the judge did not agree.
The charges were laid in December 2011 following a 17-month investigation that involved reams of information. Five weeks have been set aside in BC Supreme Court in Kamloops for the trial.