Miller granted bail, TRU steps up security
Adrian Miller is out of jail.
After more than a week behind bars, the controversial Thompson Rivers University student-politician was released on strict bail terms this morning (March 2), including an order barring him from going near campus at night.
The 26-year-old was arrested on Feb. 23 for charges alleging he breached his bail by sleeping in TRU computer labs.
He was under conditions ordering him to let his probation officer know where he would be living.
Court heard Miller told the P.O. he was staying with a friend at Upper College Heights, but the address he gave turned out to be fake.
He then told Kamloops provincial court Judge Stephen Harrison he was confused, but had been couch-surfing with friends at the near-campus student apartments.
TRU security, however, alleges Miller was busted numerous times sleeping in campus computer labs — including a midnight to 7:30 a.m. stay on Feb. 21, all of which was apparently caught on video surveillance.
It turns out Miller was actually staying with an acquaintance at a Holt Street address in North Kamloops — something that never came up during his original bail hearing.
Crown prosecutor Catriona Elliott said the friend-of-a-friend eventually kicked him out.
"She wanted him to leave," the lawyer said.
"He was on her couch and she had to drive him everywhere, and she was glad to get rid of him."
Miller is facing a number of charges, including multiple breach counts for separate offences and five additional charges relating to the alleged theft of jewelry from his previous landlords.
The Crown has said Miller pawned the jewelry.
Court documents filed at the Kamloops Law Courts also show Miller was interrogated by police following an armed robbery at a North Shore pawn shop earlier this month.
Harrison agreed to release Miller on bail, but noted his reluctance.
"I'm not entirely satisfied with the explanations you've made," he said.
"Notwithstanding that, I am reluctant to see you detained on these charges.
"I'm willing to give you another opportunity to see if you can comply with bail terms."
Harrison told Miller there would be "a good chance" he'd be detained if he was caught in breach of his bail.
As part of his bail, Harrison barred Miller from going within 30 metres of TRU's campus between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Miller was elected as a student representative to TRU's senate and board of governors following student elections in December.
He's attended one senate meeting, but missed his swearin-in ceremony for the board of governors last week while in jail.
TRU has since said officials will wait until Miller's legal matters are sorted out before deciding how his status on the board will proceed.
Miller also has a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court claiming TRU has been "negligent" in its dealings with him as a student.
TRU spokeswoman Diana Skoglund said the university would put "enhanced security measures" in place following Miller's release.
She could not say how long such measures might continue.
He's due back in court on March 8.