Kamloops lawyer charged in connection with death of TRU lecturer released on bail | infonews

Rogelio Butch Bagabuyo

Image Credit: Kamloops Collaborative Family Law Association

March 25, 2022 – 4:30 pm

A Kamloops lawyer charged in connection with the death of Thompson Rivers University professor Mohd Abdullah has been released on bail.

Appearing via video from the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, Rogelio Butch Bagabuyo, 54, was released on bail by BC Provincial Court Judge Richard Hewson and will be released today, March 25.

Bagabuyo was charged on March 18 with interference with a corpse for allegedly storing Abdullah’s body in a plastic trash can.

All details of the bail hearing related to the case are covered by a court-ordered publication ban.

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However, Kamloops RCMP previously said officers found a body in a vehicle at Monterey Place in the Dufferin neighborhood of Kamloops on March 17.

Days later, Kamloops RCMP said the body was confirmed to be Mohd Abdullah, a professor at Thompson Rivers University.

Abdullah, 60, was reported missing after failing to report for work on March 14. He was last seen on March 11.

Kamloops RCMP said Abdullah’s death was being treated as a murder investigation, although Bagabuyo has not been charged with his murder.

According to his profile on the Kamloops Collaborative Family Law Association, Bagabuyo, who goes by the middle name “Butch,” has been practicing family law for 18 years. The profile says Bagabuyo has daughters.

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On March 23, police were seen searching a house on Columbia Street where Bagabuyo allegedly lived.

The 60-year-old university professor had worked at TRU for 20 years and taught in the faculty of science and open learning.

In a statement, the university said it was “deeply saddened” by his death.

Bagabuyo will be back in court in April as the case progresses through the court system.

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