Career criminal denied bail

Daniel Mader was denied bail this week.

A prolific Kelowna criminal was denied bail Wednesday afternoon.

Daniel Mader, whose criminal record stretches back to 2005, has been in custody since January when a police raid on a Hein Road home left him with 11 weapons charges and a breach of probation charge.

Mader had only been out of prison for less than a year at that point, but even being in custody didn’t keep him out of the news, which he has been a regular fixture in for the better part of the last decade.

The Kamloops This Week reported earlier this year that while in custody at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre Mader and another inmate had been in a fight that made its way to the courts.

“It sounds like Mr. Mader may have made a threat against Mr. Lowes,” Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan said, of the events on Dec. 6, 2015.

Mader had just finished cutting the hair of another prisoner when he was attacked from behind by the inmate who was ultimately sentenced to 18 months for the attack.

Usually Mader is on the other side of the narrative.

The last high profile incident he was mixed up with happened in December of 2013, when he saw police surveilling a Hein Road home. That prompted him to take flight, ramming into a police vehicle and then driving erratically enough through Rutland that area residents claimed they felt at risk.

Mader was arrested two days later while standing in a business parking lot on Dilworth, wearing a blonde wig and a hoodie.

He was later charged with flight from police and dangerous driving. For that he was sentenced to 18 months, although Crown had requested a four to five year sentence.

Mader appeared in court documents again last year for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna on July 31, 2015. For that incident he racked up charges of assault, unlawful confinement, break and enter, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose, theft and extortion.

For all that, however, Mader is most well known for his role in the 2005 killing of his friend, Jody Elliot.

He was just one of four men who had been charged with murder, but the court accepted a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

He admitted to striking Elliott in the head multiple times with a hammer.

Mader will be back in court March 13.

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