(THUNDER BAY, ON) – To protect the identity of the victims, no one will be named in this article. Certain details have been left out such as locations and any other information that could lead to the identity of anyone involved. Some of the contents of this article may be disturbing to some members, reader discretion is advised.
Earlier this year, in January, police responded to a call for a disturbance outside a convenience store in which a male was reported as hitting the girl he was with. Upon officers arrival, a woman was found with a swollen face and bruising starting to appear around one of her eyes. A male in his late 20’s was arrested and charged with assault by officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service.
The male was released on bail and court ordered to not attend the woman’s address or be anywhere where she could be. The couple have a child together.
In March of 2019, the child attended school and had two black eyes and a broken hand that was substantially swollen. School officials pulled the kid from class and had Dilico come to the school to help sort out the situation. After Dilico and officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service attended and spoke with the child, it was determined that the child’s father had beaten the kid that morning before school.
Dilico assisted by the Thunder Bay Police Service attended the home address of the child and found the male was there with the woman that he was court ordered not to be around. Officers spoke to the woman and determined that the man had assaulted the child. The man was charged with assault causing bodily harm to his own child.
The man had not sought out bail since and appeared in court today to enter a guilty plea. Court hears that the man accepts full responsibility and feels terrible about what he had done. He does not make any excuses but court does hear that he had a rough upbringing in which he was subjected to domestic abuse continuously. He was hopped around from foster home to foster home. As he became an adult, he formed substance abuse issues and shortly before the January incident where he struck his woman, he started to have an issue with cocaine use.
The Crown and defence both put forth a joint submission that the male should have a global jail sentence of 12 months for all charges. After today, he will have 74 days left to serve before being released. The Crown tells the court the Dilico apprehended the children and had given them back to the woman after the incident at the school. Dilico became concerned when the woman suggested having the kid live elsewhere so that the man can move back in when he gets out of jail. She expresses a want to get back together with him upon his release from jail. Dilico apprehended the kids again and still have them to this day.
The male will also have a 12 month probation order following his release from jail in which he will be ordered to obtain counselling to deal with his issues and he will not be allowed to be around the child until after the 12 months of probation is over.
The Judge tells the court that crimes of violence towards children demand a strict and strong response from the courts. In a round about way the Judge almost makes it sound like the sentence should be longer. When the Crown and defence both agree on a sentence and submit it to the Judge for their consideration, there are rather steep obstacles for the Judge to jump in order to change the joint submission. The Judge grants the joint submission.
Court also hears that this man has previous convictions of violence against this same woman.
He will be out before Christmas.
Good work Thunder Bay Police, Dilico, and the Courts.
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