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Creba witness charged

Article by: By BRETT CLARKSON, SUN MEDIA
– Richard Steele, who served jail time after cops tapped his phone in the Jane Creba murder probe, was arrested early yesterday in Hamilton after police allegedly found a gun in the car he was travelling in.
Lawyer Selwyn Pieters last night confirmed his client Steele, 20, is in custody and facing numerous gun-related charges.
Three other people in the car were also charged after a loaded Beretta handgun was reportedly found.
“He didn’t have the weapon,” Pieters said of Steele. “It was (allegedly) found in the vehicle in which he was a passenger.”
Steele, who will appear in a bail hearing Dec. 6, is charged with two counts of failure to comply with probation, possession of a stolen firearm and other firearms-related charges, Pieters said.
Steele was already in custody in June 2006 when the Project Green Apple investigation netted eight suspects who would be charged in the Boxing Day 2005 death of Jane Creba on Yonge St.
In 2006, Steele was charged with unrelated drugs and gun charges from evidence based largely on the phone taps. He served four months of a six-month sentence after pleading guilty in February 2007.
Steele has never been charged or accused in Creba’s death.
He will be forced to testify as a witness at the murder trial next year, after he lost a bid to not take the stand. Steele said testifying would put his life in danger.