(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 37-year-old Robert Martell appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via a telephone call from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre to face a new charge which was laid against him. Martell was featured on the Wanted Wednesday program.
Martell was allegedly having seizures while in custody and needed to be transported to the hospital for a medical examination.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Jane-Ann McGill and duty counsel lawyers Andrew Desmoulin and Arturo Acosta.
Martell was previously arrested and released after an alleged aggravated assault that occurred during an apparent drug deal gone wrong. He failed to appear in court for a November 1, 2017 appearance and was picked up on the strength of a warrant.
Further new allegations are that Martell was at a local building on August 12th, and stole some security camera’s, while damaging others.
His new charges are:
- Theft under $5000 (security cameras)
- Mischief causing damage under $5000 (security cameras)
- Failure to appear in court
He still has his previous outstanding charge before the court as well, which is:
- Aggravated assault
The Crown indicates that this is a reverse onus situation and that they intend to put Martell to his onus. A reverse onus situation means that Martell has to show the court why he should be released.
Further, a no-contact order with 4 people is requested by the Crown, which will ban Martell from contacting these individuals while he is in custody.
Duty counsel indicates that he has already spoken to Martell and that he will be contacting his lawyer of choice to inform him of Martell’s arrest. A request for the matter to be remanded until October 10th is put forth by duty counsel.
Justice of the Peace Caron grants the requests by both the Crown and Duty counsel, then orders Martell to remain in custody pending his October 10th court date.
Martell will remain at the hospital until he is medically cleared, in which he will make his way to the Thunder Bay District Jail to await his October 10th appearance.