Assault with a weapon – Various household items

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(TERRACE BAY, ON) – December 2nd, 2018 saw an allegedly bizarre incident unfold in the town of Terrace bay which landed one 19-year-old female in custody.

Ricki-Lynn Maenpaa found herself appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning, via video while in police custody at the Schreiber OPP detachment. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons was presiding over her matters.

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Also in the courtroom was Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes and a duty counsel lawyer.

Maenpaa was put 0n a probation order on May 1st, 2018 which prohibited her from having contact with a certain individual. Allegations are that she broke that no-contact condition on November 17th by having contact with this individual. She was released from police custody with a “Promise to Appear” in court.

Fast-forward to December 2nd, 2018 and Maenpaa is facing multiple assault charges that are based on allegations that she had contact with the same person she was not to have contact with. She is also alleged to have assaulted the person with various household items…..

Maenpaa’s charges that stem from the December 2nd, 2018 incident are:

  • Assault with a weapon (household items)
  • Assault
  • Failure to comply with probation (Not to contact one person)
  • Failure to comply with probation (Keep the peace, and be of good behaviour)

The Crown Attorney indicate that he is willing to release Maenpaa under a suitable supervision plan.

Duty counsel asks the court if he can have a moment to call Maenpaa’s mother, in order to setup a release plan. He enters the privacy room to make the call.

Upon duty counsel’s return to the courtroom, he advises the court that Maenpaa’s mother did not answer the phone call, but he did try to get a hold of another person who is willing to help Maenpaa get released from jail. At this moment no one can be reached tho.

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At this point there is some discussion in the courtroom, and it appears as tho Maenpaa may be kept overnight in jail, due to no one being able to answer the phone to be a surety for Maenpaa.

Maenpaa tells the court that she is certain her Grandmother would take her in her home. The Crown Attorney advises the court that a “no-name surety” would be acceptable. A “no name surety” means that the court is not ordering a certain person to be the surety and that anyone can go down to the police station and see if they qualify to be the person’s surety.

The Crown tells the court what conditions he would consent to regarding Maenpaa’s release. Those conditions are:

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  • $500 no deposit
  • No contact with the person she was already not supposed to have contact with
  • Not to attend the address where the household items assault allegedly took place
  • Not to possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code
  • Notify Schreiber OPP of any change in her address by telephone

The Justice of the Peace grants Maenpaa’s release. She will now wait at the police station for someone to come down and be her surety, once approved of course.

Maenpaa’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 28th, 2019 in Schreiber.

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