(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service were alerted to a youth that had escaped custody from a youth facility in the city.
The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was being held in jail due to a manslaughter charge. Allegations are that the youth is responsible for the death of someone.
This morning, in a Thunder Bay courtroom, the youth appeared by video while in police custody at the Balmoral police station. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Vallelonga.
Police have charged the youth with escaping lawful custody.
The Crown Attorney is opposed to the release of the youth, citing his outstanding manslaughter charge. Court hears the Crown indicate that there are certain hoops to jump through to detain a youth, and that they intend to jump through them. Further, the youth has 3 prior criminal convictions, some of which are violent offences.
Her Worship asks the youth if he has spoken to duty counsel and the youth declined their assistance. After some discussions it is determined that the youth will be held in jail until at least Tuesday, when he will have another chance at being released.
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