(FORT FRANCES, ON) – A 21-year-old Tyler Raymond Wocknitz was apprehended by the Fort Frances OPP regarding allegations that he had breached his bail conditions twice. He appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court via telephone from Fort Frances.
On November 9th, and November 17th police report allegations that Wocknitz was at a residence on Church Street that he is bound by his bail conditions to not attend.
Below are Wocknitz’s new charges, which add to the already numerous list he has stacked up:
- Failure to comply with an undertaking (breaching bail conditions) x2
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach is presiding, along with Crown Attorney Mason and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
The Crown tells the court that by virtue him having been released on bail previously and is still bound by that order, that this is a reverse onus situation. A reverse onus situation means that the accused must show the courts why they should be released.
Wocknitz has caused secondary ground concerns for the Crown, yet she would still consider his release if a confirmed address were to be supplied to the courts.
The Justice of the Peace suggests a “report address within 24 hours”, but the Crown declines that offer, and sticks to wanting an address confirmed before he is released.
Wocknitz gives duty counsel a number to call, his grandmother, and says that she would take him in. The matter is stood down so that the call can be made.
Upon the Wocknitz case resuming, duty counsel informs the court that nobody had answered at that phone number.
Wocknitz seems desperate and is seemingly begging to be released. He claims that a “good friend” he knows would let him stay with him, but the only way to reach the person is through the internet. He also tells the court that he will definitely stay away from the residence on Church Street, who are alleged victims of his outstanding matters before the court.
The Crown stays firm with their request that a confirmed address needs to be in place before Wocknitz can be released. Duty counsel suggests the matter be remanded to tomorrow, in a Fort Frances bail court.
Wocknitz will be spending at least the night in jail, as he is ordered to remain in custody pending his Monday court date.
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HISTORY ON WOCKNITZ
On May 23, 2018, members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment were called to a local Fort Frances restaurant in response to a call of a break and enter.
Further on June 6, 2018, members of the Rainy River District OPP detachment were called to investigate another break and enter at the same restaurant. An investigation commenced into the two break and enters.
As a result of the investigation, a Fort Frances man, Tyler WOCKNITZ, 20 years of age, was charged with the following:
- Two counts of Break and Enter, Commit Indictable Offence contrary to section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on July 17th, 2018.
From July 4, 2018 to July 9, 2018, in Fort Frances, many vehicles were entered and property was stolen. Members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating the circumstances of each incident.
As a result, a Fort Frances man has been charged with numerous offences.
Tyler WOCKNITZ, 20 years of age, of Fort Frances, has been charged with the following:
- Eight counts of Theft Under $5000 contrary to section 334(b) of the Criminal Code,
- Seven counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code,
- Two counts of Fraud Under $5000, contrary to section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.
The accused is being held in custody in Fort Frances pending an audio court appearance on July 10th, 2018.
With files from the OPP
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