(THUNDER BAY, ON) – “GUILLLLLLTYYYYY GUILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLTYYYYYYYY” the Gods shouted from the heavens as people were wondering why Gilbert Labine was not responding to numerous pages for him to return to courtroom 102, where his client, Derek Elias Philip McKay was waiting in the prisoner box to plead guilllllllllltyyyyyy.
Labine was in the courtroom before his client was brought up to the courtroom from the holding cells, but left. Judge Dino DiGiuseppe was pressing the court clerk to page Labine over the intercom 4 times by my count. After the third page His Honour had told the Thunder Bay Police Special Constables, two of them, that when they needed to leave that they can take the prisoner back to the holding cell without asking him first. The fourth and final time His Honour asked the court clerk to page Labine, he requested that she do it “in your sternest tone of voice”.
The TBPS Special Constables ended up escorting the prisoner back down to the cell area as Labine did not enter the courtroom.
A short time later, Labine entered the court room and His Honour, Dino DiGiuseppe requested the court clerk page for the accused to be brought back into court since he was in custody.
McKay is arraigned on two criminal charges today and pleads guillllllllltyyyyyy to both of them, as he is represented by Gilbert Labine. His charges today are for robbery and a breach of bail conditions. He pleads guillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllltyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to both counts, with Gilbert Labine as his lawyer.
Crown Attorney, Andrew Sadler is in court today, fighting for the people. Labine is here, representing the best interests of a convicted criminal.
Below is the Thunder Bay Police Service media release regarding the needle-point robbery which took place at Safeway on Dawson Road on August 21st.
Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Dawson Road following reports of grocery store staff receiving threats by a man with a needle at about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
As the result of an ongoing investigation, officers learned a male and female had entered the Safeway grocery store and took a quantity of beer. The accused male and female attempted to leave the store without paying for the items.
A store employee attempted to confront the couple, and requested the items be returned.
The accused male and female became aggressive with staff. The accused male then brandished a needle and made threats to the staff.Advertisement
Officers arrived to the scene while the accused male and female were still present and placed them under arrest.
Sarah-Jane Brittany QUISSES, 25, of Thunder Bay, and Derek Elias Philip MCKAY, 36, of Thunder Bay, are both charged with Robbery.
Both appeared in bail court Thursday. QUISSES was released with a future appearance date, while MCKAY was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.
And below is our initial report on the incident, as informed by people who were on scene.
We have received reports about yet another robbery in the city, this time at needle point.
A number of REAL Concerned Citizens have told us that the Safeway on Dawson was the location of a needle point robbery in which the suspect made off with some beer.Advertisement
The male suspect pulled out a needle and pointed it at a male employee. Shortly after, the suspect pointed the needle at a female employee as he was leaving the store with stolen beer in hand.
A 911 call was made and police arrived on scene immediately. Employees and customers that witnessed the incident were interviewed.
We are not certain and have not been able to confirm if police have made an arrest in connection with this incident.
This is a developing story and we are working hard to keep you up to date with the latest information as we gather it.
Anyone with more information or photos of this incident are asked to reach out to us via Facebook message, text message to 807-355-8917 or email at email@example.com
Today, Labine requests that only the facts regarding the breach of bail conditions be read into the record and that the robbery charge be done another day.
The agreed statement of facts indicates that on August 29th, days after McKay was released from jail he was located near the intersection of May and Donald, under the influence of alcohol. Officers picked him up and offered him a ride home. They went to two addresses where he was not able to gain access to. Officers took him down to the police station (Hotel Balmoral), and charged him with breaching conditions after they conducted a CPIC check. The CPIC check determined that he was under bail conditions not to be consuming alcohol outside of his home.
Labine tells the courts that McKay has not only an opiate addiction but also alcohol issues. He further says that his client is on ODSP and has a damaged liver from alcohol abuse.
Sadler recommends that McKay gets time served for his breach of bail charge, which is 20 real days served. That is basically automatically enhanced to 30 days served due to the deplorable conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”). McKay’s DNA is also requested to be put in the DNA database.
Labine schedules McKay to return to court to handle the robbery charge in early December. Labine indicates that is the next time he has time in his schedule to deal with the matter. This seemed interesting to me. It is a well known tactic of some lawyers to postpone sentencing as long as possible in order to rack up the basically 1.5x of enhanced custody time due to the conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail. It will be interesting if Labine finds time for other clients during this time.
McKay is sent back to the Thunder Bay District Jail to continue serving presentence custody before being sentenced for the robbery.
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