Pikangikum Evacuee Arrested on Assault Charge

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(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) โ€“ Thousands of people have evacuated Pikangikum First Nation due to the threat the nearby forest fire and billowing smoke causes to the community. Sioux Lookout also took in some evacuees.

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Appearing before Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill this morning via telephone from the Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is Pikangikum forest fire evacuee Lemieux Dunsford. Crown Attorney Delaney and duty counsel lawyer Morris are also present.

Dunsford is facing criminal charges after allegations arose where he is said to have assaulted a woman in Sioux Lookout. Dunsford and the alleged victim are known to each other. Those charges are:

  • Assault.
  • Failure to comply with probation order: Keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

The Crown states that Dunsford is in a Crown-onus situation but they still have concerns surrounding the secondary grounds. Secondary ground concerns means the Crown believes there is a substantial risk of Dunsford reoffending or becoming a public safety concern should he be released. The Crown is not consenting to his release without an address being provided.

Duty counsel has spoken to the accused and states that due to his entire community being uprooted and scattered around the region, it is hard for him to contact anyone to obtain an address. The request is for him to be remanded into custody until Monday to give him time to find an address he can reside at.

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Dunsford is ordered to remain in jail until at least Monday where he will have another swing at getting released. He will appear in Sioux Lookout bail court at that time.

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