(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via video from police custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station is 34-year-old Jessica Robin Wenjack. She appeared before His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman and Crown Attorney Mason. A duty counsel lawyer was present to assist Wenjack through the proceeding.
Allegations are that the Thunder Bay Police Service dispatched officers to a pharmacy in the 100 block of North Cumberland Street following reports of an assault with a knife in progress just after noon on Thursday, July 11th.
When police arrived the accused had already fled the area.
Through the course of their investigation officers learned the victim was waiting at the pharmacy counter when he was approached by the female accused. The female was digging through the victim’s backpack and was then confronted by the allege victim. Wenjack then became enraged and pulled out a knife. She attempted to stab the victim. A struggle ensued between the victim and accused. A bystander and pharmacy staff intervened to stop the assault.
Officers located and arrested the accused in an area on Tupper Street between Cumberland and Court Streets just before 12:30 p.m. The victim sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault.
Wenjack was arrested and charged with:
- Assault with a weapon (knife).
The Crown states that although this is a “Crown onus” situation, which means the Crown would have to show why the accused should be detained, they are not consenting to Wenjack’s release on the primary and secondary grounds. Primary grounds indicate that the Crown believes there is a substantial chance the accused will not return to court. Secondary grounds indicate that the Crown believes there is substantial risk that the accused may reoffend or become a public safety concern.
Court hears that the woman attempted to stab the male in the abdomen and that the pharmacy’s employee and victim statement both reflect that perfectly.
Further, court hears that Wenjack has 17 prior convictions for failing to comply with court orders such as probation and bail conditions, assault police convictions, assault causing bodily harm conviction, 3 failure to appear in court convictions and was also charged with a break and enter to commit an offence charge. The Crown states adamantly that they are not consenting to Wenjack’s release without reviewing a release plan with strong supervision conditions.
The Crown tells the court that Wenjack claims to know the victim, but the victim stated that he has had nothing to do with her for a very long time.
Duty counsel informs the court that Wenjack’s defence lawyer, Leon Nicol had left instructions to request a bail hearing on Monday for Wenjack.
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman orders Wenjack to remain in jail until at least Monday, where she is scheduled to have a bail hearing. She is also further ordered not to contact her victim while in custody on request of the Crown. Wenjack is escorted back to her cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service Station (Hotel Balmoral) where she will await prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
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