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Department Notifies Public of Mistaken Release

UPDATED 11/10/10

The Department of Justice is notifying the public that Vernon Martell turned himself into the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth today, Nov. 10.

Mr. Martell, 41, was being held at the facility after being sentenced for theft under $5,000 and was mistakenly released from custody on Nov. 5.

The mistake was discovered late Monday afternoon.

 

Provincial Release:

 

The Department of Justice is notifying the public about a man who was mistakenly released from custody on Friday, Nov. 5.
 
Vernon Martell, 41, was being held at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth after being sentenced for theft under $5,000.
 
Mr. Martell was serving a conditional sentence in the community when he had to appear in court again for breaching that sentence. The judge sentenced him to serve the remainder of his sentence, 84 days, in custody.
 
Clerical errors within the court administration process led to Mr. Martell's mistaken release.
 
The mistake was discovered late Monday afternoon. Halifax Regional Police were called and are working to bring Mr. Martell back to the facility.
 
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.

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