Bail denied to possible gang member

Whether he is or isn't a Red Alert gang member isn't important - what is crucial is the number of times a man has breached court orders or committed crimes while being punished, a judge said Tuesday.

Douglas Jensen was denied bail and will stay in jail until his trial on charges he breached a restraining order and threatened a family member.

Prosecutor Adrienne Murphy told the judge Jensen faces charges of breaching a restraining order prohibiting him from contact with his sister and threatening her daughter.

The court was told Jensen claims to be a member of the Red Alert Street gang, an Edmonton-based gang apparently staking a presence in B.C.

"She fears her brother," Murphy said, noting Jensen has threatened the woman, damaged her house and stolen things from her.

The Tk'Emlups Indian Band has banished Jensen and one of his friends from band lands, the court was told -an apparent proclamation against Red Alert gang activity in Kamloops.

Jensen has 58 convictions, including eight convictions for violence. He's been convicted 50 times while he was under sentence for other crimes, and has several breaches of bail and other court orders.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell told the court there is clearly conflict in the Jensen family, but his client denies the allegations made by his sister and adamantly denies he is a gang member.

"He categorically denies any association with Red Alert. He is not a member or affiliated in any way," said Campbell, noting, at best, he knows some people who might be in the gang.

Provincial court judge Stella Frame said whether he is or not a gang member is irrelevant now, as he is not charged with gang-related offences.

He has a bad history of breaches and committing offences while under court order, however, meaning he poses too great a risk to reoffend while on bail.

He will stay in jail pending future court appearances, the judge ruled.

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