Father of man charged with murder granted bail at $100,000

A Cherryville man charged in connection with the 2011 murder of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest has been granted bail.

A Cherryville man charged in connection with a 2011 murder in Armstrong has been granted bail.

But Stephen Roy Foerster can only leave custody if he comes up with the $100,000 in bail ordered by B.C. Supreme Court Judge Frank Cole Monday morning at the Vernon Court House. As of Monday afternoon, Foerster had not come up with the amount.

Foerster, 58, has been charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after the fact in connection with the homicide of Armstrong teenager Taylor Van Diest, who was killed Oct. 31.

“The judge wrote a decision according to law and gave him bail,” said Foerster’s lawyer, Bill Firman. “He was entitled to bail.”

Cole also ordered Foerster not to have contact with a number of people and, should he be released on bail, he is not allowed to be in Armstrong.

Van Diest was found badly injured by family and friends near the Rosedale Avenue railway tracks after she failed to show up for Halloween festivities with friends.

She died that night in Kelowna hospital.

Foerster’s son, Matthew Stephen Foerster, 26, is facing a first degree murder charge in connection with Van Diest’s death. Stephen Foerster’s next court appearance is slated for May 23 in Vernon, while Matthew Foerster is scheduled to next appear in Kelowna court in June.

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