BREAK & ENTER AUTO SHOP, BREACH BAIL CONDITIONS

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 46-year-old Charles James Junior Hastings was allegedly caught by police during a break and enter at Harmer’s Quality Auto Service in March of 2018.

Hastings has since been released on bail but wound up in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning for breaching his conditions.

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Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Gordon Fillmore and defence lawyer David Young.

Allegations are heard that Hastings had failed to report to the Thunder Bay Police Service station weekly, as required as per his bail conditions. It is said in court that he missed 4 consecutive weeks.

Young notes that he had spoken with the watch commander at the Thunder Bay Police Service, and it was acknowledged that Hastings would be missing one week due to needing to attend a service in Winnipeg, although Young does state that he does not know why Hastings did not report the other weeks.

Young states to the court that perhaps a β€œreport by telephone” instead of by person is more reasonable, as Hastings does live some distance away from the police station, doesn’t drive and is having difficulty getting there.

Hastings did appear earlier this week to a scheduled court date, and Young is wondering why the warrant for his arrest was not brought up at that point. Further, Young states that Hastings was arrested as he went to report yesterday, as Wednesday’s are the day he is supposed to report on.

Hastings is facing the new criminal charge of:

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  • Failure to comply with bail conditions

He has outstanding charges stemming from an alleged break and enterΒ earlier this year at Harmer’s Quality Auto located on North May Street. Those charges are:

  • Break and enter
  • Possession of break and enter tools

The Crown is willing to consent to Hastings release, but doesn’t seem interested in reducing Hastings conditions by changing his reporting requirement from β€œin-person” to β€œby telephone”. Fillmore seems to be reluctant but does agree to the change of conditions.

Hastings is released on the following conditions:

  • Report by telephone weekly to the Thunder Bay Police Service station (Wednesday’s)
  • Report within 2 days of your release to the Thunder Bay Police Service station
  • Do not attend 202 North May Street
  • No weapons
  • Do not possess break and enter tools unless it is for work purposes
  • No alcohol
  • Do not attend anywhere where the principle purpose of which is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages

The Justice of the Peace orders Hastings released from custody and grants Young’s request for the matter to appear in court again on December 11th, 2018.

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Hastings is escorted back to his jail cell, where he will wait for his release paperwork to be completed and faxed over to the Thunder Bay Police Service station.

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