Confrontation after trial

According to the Penticton RCMP, there was an incident in the city following a trial at the courthouse on Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Lozinski said there were allegedly words exchanged between opposing parties which resulted in one male being arrested and charged with mischief for damaging a vehicle.

According to other sources, who wished to remain anonymous, Michael Lillis, who was found not guilty at the assault trial, was crossing the street where the Jeffer's Fryzz truck is located, and the group of witnesses that had testified against him were waiting there.

They began yelling and following Lillis.

When they caught up to him, he was struck several times and fell on the ground. This is when another witness grabbed a sign and went after Lillis's girlfriend.

As this took place, a truck carrying a supporter of Lillis who had been in court, pulled over and he and his passenger got the victim into the back seat of his truck.

A teller at the bank on that street saw the confrontation and called 911.

Lillis was sitting in the back seat when one of the witnesses smashed on the back window with his fists.

On his second attempt, the window shattered glass all over the victim, who was lying just beneath it.

The police came to the scene and took statements from all who were involved.


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