(THUNDER BAY, ON) – An incident occurred earlier this year in our neighbouring community of Sioux Lookout which had 2 aggravated assault charges and 1 assault charge laid against a woman. That woman was then released and has been residing in Thunder Bay.
Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service discovered through investigation that 22-year-old Dakota Whitehead was believed to have breached her bail conditions. Police ended up making the arrest and holding the accused for bail court.
Whitehead appeared this morning in bail court via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service Station A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”. Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard was presiding along with Crown Attorney VanKessel and defence lawyer Tyler “Word Surgeon” Woods.
Whitehead is facing the following criminal charges:
- Breaching bail conditions (recognizance) curfew 9pm-6pm.
- Aggravated assault x2.
The Crown indicates that Whitehead is in a reverse-onus situation, this means that the accused will have to show the courts why they should be released. Court hears the Crown intends to show why Whitehead should be detained, citing the primary and secondary grounds as areas of concern.
Primary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes that the accused will likely not show up for court should they be released. Secondary ground concerns means the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that the accused may either become a public safety concern or reoffend.
Further, the Crown requests a no-contact order be placed on Whitehead while she is in custody. Three people are listed on the request.
Woods requests that the most recent matter, the breach of bail conditions, be put into a Judge’s court on Wednesday. A “Judges Court” usually indicates the accused wants to dispose of the matter, typically by pleading guilty.
Whitehead is escorted back to her cell where she will wait for prisoner transport to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre A.K.A. “Highway 61 Hotel”.
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