Appearing this morning, Saturday March 31,2018 via telephone to Courtroom 14 from the NISHNAWBE ASKI POLICE Station on the Fort Severn Indian Reserve #89 is 27 year old NEIL EDWARD JOSEPH HOWSON.
Fort Severn is the most northerly community in Ontario.
It’s W.A.S.H. (Weekend And Statutory Holiday) Court today. Her Worship, Zelda Kitchekeesik is presiding. Provincial Crown Andrew Sadler is here along with Duty Counsel Lianne Roberge.
HOWSON was arrested on March 29,2018 in Fort Severn. Court hears HOWSON had allegedly attacked and assaulted a woman on the Reserve.
The Crown is opposed to the release of Howson.
The Justice of the Peace will remand HOWSON to Kenora Bail Court for Tuesday, April 3,2018. But Howson interrupts and says he wants to plead guilty right now so he can start doing his time. Her Worship Kitchekeesik is trying to explain that she is not a judge and unable to plead guilty. Howson sounds very frustrated and states “I JUST WANT TO PLEAD GUILTY”. He doesn’t understand the court process. He can be heard questioning the NAPS officer in background “I thought I was talking to a judge today?” The Officer can be heard trying to explain the role of Justice of the Peace.
No guilty plea accepted today. Howson will be flown to Kenora for his bail appearance.
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