Student representative in custody: Adrian Miller swearing-in ceremony postponed due to detainment

Cavelle Layes, Omega Contributor  Ω

TRU student representative Adrian Miller spent the weekend in jail due to another apparent breach of the conditions of his probation. His detainment caused the board of governors to postpone his official swearing-in ceremony Friday afternoon.

Miller was elected to the Senate and board in December by TRU students but wasn’t supposed to be officially sworn in until Feb. 24.

However due to his current detainment, TRU’s board of governors decided by vote earlier that day to postpone the ceremony.

Fiona Chan stated that the concern for student and faculty safety was at the root of this decision.

Adrian Miller was picked up by police on Feb. 23 after allegedly lying about his address, which would violate the conditions of his probation which had been set in place on Feb. 17 by Judge Stephen Harrison after he threw out Millers appeal to re-enter an apartment he had been previously been evicted from.

Harrison stated that Miller was not allowed within 100 metres of the Pineview Valley home and that he must provide his probation officer with the address he would be staying at.

Miller was also told that if he was to move he must first provide his probation officer with the new address at least one day before relocating.

Despite acknowledging these conditions with his parole officer, Miller was arrested on Feb. 23 after it became apparent that the McGill road address that he provided did not exist.

Miller’s lawyer, Sheldon Tate, told the court on Feb. 24 that Miller had given the wrong address by mistake.

Tate explained that after Google-searching the address Miller provided, he found that there was a similar address close by.

Tate continued to suggest that Miller may not have made up a non-existent residence, but simply mistaken a single digit.

“What does Miller have to gain [from lying]?” asked Tate.

Judge Harrison acknowledged that mistakes can be made and if it was simply an error of a single digit it could be over looked.

“However I have some concerns if it is something else,” said Harrison.

Miller admitted that it was not a simple mistaking of a number, but denied trying to mislead his parole officer on this occasion or on any other occasion.

Miller originally claimed to have been couch surfing at a friend’s house but after he admitted to being unsure of their names he stated that they were actually “a friend of a friend.”

The Crown prosecutor, Catriona Elliott, read a letter provided by Duane Seibel, TRU’s manager of student and judicial affairs, on Feb. 23.

The letter stated that Miller had been found sleeping in the TRU computer labs on a number of occasions.
Miller would be seen in the labs late at night and would still be in there when classes would arrive in the morning, according to the letter.

According to security reports, “Miller would make a bed out of the chairs in the lab.”

“Security is frustrated because they feel they cannot keep the property secure,” said Elliot.

“All this came from [Miller] being kicked out of his home,” according to Miller’s lawyer.

Tate continued to say how Miller simply had no place to go.

Miller claims that he was only napping in the labs not sleeping in them.

He continued to describe how the three people he was staying with would stay up until 2am and then leave for work at 9am, at which time he would go to school.

This, according to Miller, left him extremely tired.

“I may have [fallen] asleep at some point,” said Miller.

Elliot also provided the court with reports from Miller’s probation officer who described him as being, “deceptive and evasive and non-co-operative. “

The probation officer explained how Miller would refuse to answer his questions and would instead ask him what authority he had for asking such questions.

Elliot says the questions were just those standard of the process.

The officer felt that Miller continually made it difficult for him to properly perform his job and said he constantly lied.

“He would say black was white and white was black,” said Elliot.

Elliot explained how Miller’s probation officer also stated that he believes Miller may have some, “psychiatric problems.”

Miller had told the officer that he was privately seeing a psychologist on regular basis, but when the officer checked into these claims the doctor said Miller had not been there since August.

“It is 100 per cent fact that I was seeing a psychologist,” said Miller, claiming he even had an appointment for that day.

Miller denied the claims made by his probation officer, stating, “[the officer] is just upset and angry that I requested another probation officer.”

Elliot urged the court Friday not to grant Miller bail, stating that he has had a long history of not complying with his probation conditions.

“To release him will lead to more breaches and more offending,” said Elliot.

Miller said that while he did not know the exact address of the house in which he was staying, he did have the cell phone numbers of at least one of the people.

However, Miller was unable to provide these numbers because his phone battery had died.

Judge Harrison told Miller that he would not release him from jail until he was certain his story was indeed true.

Editor’s note:

This story will get updates as they come in. Bail hearing has been postponed, but check back every couple of days…this situation is moving quickly now.