A 25-year old Carmacks man accused of first-degree murder was granted bail Tuesday.
Yukon Supreme Court Justice Leigh Gower read out his reasons for approving bail for Mario Reuben Skookum, but the proceedings are subject to a publication ban.
Skookum’s lawyer, Bibhas Vase, had made the case for bail last week.
Skookum stands charged alongside Tyler Skookum, 27, in the death of Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie, 57, in Carmacks.
Charlie was reported missing on June 19, 2017. His body was found the following July 5 in the Yukon River near Fort Selkirk.
The autopsy revealed this is a case of homicide.
Gower imposed several bail conditions on Skookum. These conditions include:
• report to a bail supervisor upon release;
• reside at the Yukon Adult Resource Centre, if accepted;
• abide by a curfew;
• abstain from drinking alcohol;
• not attend any establishment that sells or serves alcohol;
• participate in all programs as per his bail supervisor;
• remain in the Yukon;
• possess no weapons;
• stay out of Carmacks unless he has the bail supervisor’s permission to go there or a court date; and
• have no contact with several witnesses.
Skookum must also carry a copy of his recognizance with him at all times.
There is no money attached to his bail arrangements.
Gower clarified his curfew stipulations.
If he’s accepted for residence, Skookum must be at the Yukon Adult Resource Centre from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., but the timeframe could be changed.
If the centre wants to set different curfew times, those would supersede Gower’s.