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Bail hearings delayed for home invasion accused

Two men charged over a series of home invasions in Cranbrook will have to wait a few more weeks for a bail hearing.

Terrence Allan and Andrew Monnette are among four people charged in connection with two home invasions and a break and enter in Cranbrook around Christmas 2013.

Allan faces 19 charges, while Monnette is facing 22.

On Feb. 3 in Cranbrook Criminal Court, Terrence Allan told Judge Ron Webb that he is firing his current lawyer and has hired a new lawyer out of Vancouver.

Allan asked that his bail hearing be delayed until March 3 to give his new lawyer time to prepare.

Meanwhile, Andrew Monnette's lawyer, who is based in Kamloops, was not available Monday for Monnette's bail hearing. It was put over to Feb. 17.

The pair are accused alongside Megan Sands and Jay Hills. Both Sands and Hills have been denied bail.

Hills also had a court appearance on Feb. 3. His defence lawyer William Thorne asked that the case be put over to Feb. 17 when Hills will likely enter a plea.

All three men appeared in Cranbrook court via a video link from pre-trial custody centres.

According to RCMP, a home on 1st Avenue South in Cranbrook was the location of a home invasion on Dec. 18.

There was a break and enter at the same home on Dec. 24.

On Boxing Day, there was a second home invasion at a property on 6th Street North in Cranbrook.

RCMP said four people entered the residence carrying a long gun, a shot gun, an Uzi-style firearm, brass knuckles and a baton. In both cases, electronic devices were stolen.

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