Female Confined, Assaulted, Threatened and Cell Phone Smashed

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(MANITOUWADGE, ON) – .A serious incident unfolded in the small community of Manitouwadge in the early morning hours of September 7th, 2019.

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A female is alleged to have been forcibly confined in a home, assaulted, had her cell phone smashed and was threatened with bodily harm before police could arrive on location to assist her. The incident has left the woman shaken.

A youth, who cannot be named as per the Youth Criminal Justice Act was arrested and taken into police custody after the incident. That youth appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via video link from the Marathon Ontario Provincial Police detachment. He was in front of Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio, Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Robert Habjan.

The youth is facing the following criminal charges stemming from the early morning incident:

  • Assault.
  • Mischief causing damage under $5000 (cell phone).
  • Uttering threats to cause bodily harm.
  • Forcible confinement.
  • Breaching bail condition.
  • Breaching probation order (Keep the peace and be of good behaviour) x2.

The youth has a previous criminal matter working its way through the court system as well. Those charges are:

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  • Assault.
  • Theft of a credit card.
  • Mischief causing damage under $5000.
  • Breaching probation order x2.

The Crown states that there are significant secondary ground concerns regarding this youth, should he be released. Secondary ground concerns indicates that the Crown believes there is substantial risk that the youth might re-offend or become a public safety concern should they be released. The Crown is not consenting to the youth’s release today without an address of residence that is satisfactorily distant from the victims home.

Duty counsel lawyer Robert Habjan tells the court that he was provided with two phone numbers from the youth and that those numbers should lead to places where the youth could stay. Although Habjan attempted to contact the people of those two phone numbers, no one ever answered. The only way forward is for the matter to be remanded and for the youth’s current lawyer to be informed of their clients position.

The youth was held in custody pending a future court date.

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