AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT, FORCIBLE CONFINEMENT & MORE

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CONFIRMATION HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JAMES OKANE FOR APRIL 23,2018.

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At this hearing, Crown counsel and defence counsel confirm their readiness to go ahead as scheduled and confirm the length of time required.

Usually, a trial is held 4 to 6 weeks after a Confirmation Hearing.

The Honourable Justice Dino DiGiuseppe will be the presiding judge.

JAMES Oโ€™KANE HAS BEEN FREE ON BAIL WITH A SURETY.

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Sexual Assault Arrest

On the evening of Friday, November 4, 2016, members of the Criminal Investigations Branch of the Thunder Bay Police Service arrested a 25-year-old Thunder Bay man at a north side residence without incident for a violent sexual assault that occurred during the early morning hours of October 23, 2016.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, James Oโ€™Kane appeared by way of video before a Justice of the Peace. He was remanded to the District Jail on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Overcoming Resistance (choking), Utter Threats to Kill and Forcible Confinement. His next court date is Monday, November 7, 2016.

This complex investigation utilized many resources of the Thunder Bay Police Service including the Criminal Investigation Branch, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Community Response Team, the Intelligence Unit and Uniform Patrol. The TBPS also utilized outside resources from agencies including the Northern Regional Forensics Lab and Ontario Provincial Police Behavioral Scienceโ€™s Unit in Orillia.

This investigation is ongoing.

With Files From Thunder Bay Police Service Media Release

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