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Oliver man back in jail three days after release

An Oliver man found himself back behind bars for a break and enter charge just days after being released from jail.

Shaun Aaron Stelkia was arrested by Langley RCMP on Dec. 20, just three days after a decision was rendered by a judge at the Penticton courthouse that he had served sufficient time for an unlawful confinement charge that happened near Oliver.

Stelkia was found guilty of unlawful confinement of a teenage female and four breaches of probation related to a July 23, 2011 incident near Osoyoos at Anarchist Mountain.

On Dec. 17, a judge decided the 248 days Stelkia spent in jail awaiting trial was enough time served and he was released.

Stelkia addressed the court during that sentence hearing, apologizing for his actions. His lawyer said the man had a job waiting for him in Osoyoos once he was released and that Stelkia had become mixed up in the wrong crowd that caused him “considerable problems.”

“I’m better than this and I want to prove it,” said Stelkia to the judge.

On Dec. 20, RCMP said they arrested Stelkia at a property in Langley at around 10 a.m., charging him with break and enter with intent to commit an offence.

“The complainant alleged he was taking a shower and walked upstairs afterwards where he found a man in his house. He called the police to report it and there allegedly was an altercation with the man in his home. The complainant struck the man with a hammer,” said Cpl. Holly Marks, of the Langley RCMP detachment.

Marks said when Stelkia was arrested at the home he was bleeding from his wrists, feet and head.

The 27-year-old Oliver man was on 18 months probation for the unlawful confinement charge at the time of the alleged break and enter.

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