(PIKANGIKUM FIRST NATION, ON) – Appearing in courtroom 104 this morning in the Thunder Bay Courthouse via audio from the Ontario Provincial Police Pikangikum detachment is 42-year-old Robinson Turtle.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman is presiding, along with Crown Attorney Misbah Haque and duty counsel lawyer Arturo Acosta.
It is alleged that on September 15th, in the First Nation territory of Pikangikum, that Turtle was dragging a person with his truck which resulted in bodily harm to the person being dragged.
He is charged with:
- Operate motor vehicle and cause bodily harm
Turtle is already going through court for the following charges:
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle (April 2017)
- Impaired operation of a motor vehicle (February 2018)
The Crown is opposed to Turtle’s release, stating that Turtle has 3 previous convictions for impaired driving. Furthermore, he states his concerns regarding the primary and secondary grounds, and that this is a reverse onus situation.
A reverse onus situation means that the accused will have to show the courts why they should be released. Primary ground concerns suggest the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to appear in court to be substantially low. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to re-offend or become a public safety concern is substantially high.
Duty counsel requests a remand to Wednesday in Kenora bail court, for an in-person appearance.
His Worship Leaman, orders Turtle remanded into custody to await his court date tomorrow. Turtle is sent back to his cell at the OPP Pikangikum detachment to await prisoner transport to the Kenora District Jail, where he will await his next court appearance.
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