THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, Brent Campbell, 28, who is the fourth person accused in connection with a blaze at the Campus Court plaza, was released after a court appearance Thursday. Waterloo Regional Police Insp. Greg Lamport says “He’s been charged with a single count of arson and conspiracy to commit arson.” The charges against the Waterloo nightclub owner stem from the $4.5-million fire at the Campus Court plaza in April 2010 that destroyed a number of businesses. Campbell, who owns the Titanium Nightclub in Uptown Waterloo, was arrested on Wednesday. In January 2008, Campbell spoke with CTV News after a New Year’s Eve disturbance at his nightclub, then known as The Vault. “When people use bottles as weapons, that is something that is just not right and from now on The Vault will never serve beer bottles.” A publication ban has now been instated on the evidence at the hearing, but police say the investigation is ongoing. Defense lawyer Craig Parry says he’s waiting for disclosure in the case. “The next step is to gather the evidence. The prosecution has interviewed its witnesses and gathered statements, there may or may not be more evidence I don’t know.” Campbell is expected back in court in next month, an appearance that will likely be part of a lengthy legal process that involves three other defendants. Parry says “Typically a case like this would take at least a year to unfold, perhaps longer.” .
He won’t appear in court, he’ll hide out in the great white north.- nik