Break & Enter and a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Charges

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(FORT FRANCES, ON) – Officers with the Fort Frances detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to a home on June 13th regarding a break and enter. Upon further investigation they discovered a male had broken into the home and was brandishing a knife.

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Officers have arrested 30-year-old Micheal Pattison and have charged him with the following criminal code offences:

  • Break and enter while in possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (knife).
  • Carrying a weapon dangerous to the public peace.
  • Breaching bail conditions – not to buy/possess/consume alcohol or other substances banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances act without a prescription.

Pattison already has some charges working their way through the court, these charges were not mentioned in court today but Pattison indicated that one of those charges may be assaulting a police officer.

This morning in a Thunder Bay bail court, Pattison appeared by telephone from the Fort Frances detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Pasloski and duty counsel Andrew Desmoulin.

The Crown states that Pattison is in a reverse-onus situation and that they are not consenting to his release today. A reverse-onus situation means the accused will have to show the courts why they should be released. The Crown requests the matter be remanded until tomorrow where it will return to a Fort Frances courtroom.

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Duty counsel agrees with the remand suggestion of tomorrow in Fort Frances. He explains he has already spoken to the accused and they understand. Pattison is ordered to remain in jail until at least his appearance tomorrow in Fort Frances. Further, he is ordered not to contact two people.

Pattison is escorted back to his cell at the detachment where he will wait transport to the Rainy River District Jail.

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