(GREENSTONE, ON) – A 48-year-old Leo Nevala appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court via video from the Greenstone OPP detachment this morning.
Allegations are that he had breached his strict bail conditions which required him not to leave his home, basically a house arrest situation.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Franceline AuClair and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge. Roberge had two law students attending court today, Dallos, who is a law student addressed this matter.
The Ontario Provincial Police have laid charges against Nevala based on allegations stemming from a November 23rd incident. Those charges are:
- Breach of bail conditions (be in your home at all times)
- No contact or communication with 1 person
Nevala already has some criminal matters going through the justice system. Those charges are:
- Improper storage of a firearm
- Breach bail conditions x5
- Assault with a weapon
- Mischief under $5000
The Crown states that this is a reverse-onus situation, and she has concerns regarding his release on the secondary grounds. She is not prepared to release him today and requests a section 516 sub 2 order which will prohibit Nevala from contacting 1 person while he is in police custody.
A “reverse-onus” situation means that it is up to the accused to show the court why they should be released. These situations are usually due to the accused having already been released on bail and is facing allegations of failing to comply with their bail conditions.
Secondary ground concerns tell us that the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to either re-offend, become a public safety concern or interfere with the administration of justice is substantial.
Duty counsel’s law student states “In light of the Crowns position, my request would be to remand the matter to Monday”
The Justice of the Peace grants both the no-contact order from the Crown and the remand request from the defence and orders Nevala to remain in jail until at least Monday, where he will have another chance at getting released.
Nevala is escorted back to his cell at the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in Greenstone, where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail. He will wait at the jail for his video appearance on Monday in a Thunder Bay bail court.