(NAKINA, ON) – Once again, some of the hardest working Ontario Provincial Police officers have made yet another arrest after violent allegations were made which involve multiple assaults and a home invasion. Officers with the Greenstone detachment started an investigation into an incident where a home was broken into and a person was assaulted. Two other assaults also took place by the same suspect as well. The incident took place on October 1st.
As a result of investigative measures conducted by police, 38-year-old Casey John Craig Baxter has been arrested by police and held at the Greenstone OPP detachment pending a court appearance. Baxter has been criminally charged with:
- Break and enter and commit an assault (home invasion).
- Assault x2.
- Breaching bail condition (curfew 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).
Baxter already has criminal matters working their way through court that he was previously released on bail, pending court hearings. He appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Greenstone OPP detachment. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up!” Van Kessel and the talented criminal defence lawyer Ron Poirier.
The Justice of the Peace reads Baxter his charges then asks the Crown what their position on his matters is. The Crown tells the court that Baxter is in a reverse-onus situation, meaning he will have to show the courts why he should be released. Further, the Crown continues and informs the court that they intend to show the courts why Baxter should remain in jail. Secondary ground concerns are mentioned by the Crown regarding his release. A request is put forward that would court-order Baxter not to contact 4 people while he is in jail.
Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that the accused, should they be released, is substantially likely to either become a public safety concern or re-offend.
Criminal defence lawyer Ron Poirier requests that the matter return to court tomorrow so that a surety can be sought out and a bail plan crafted. He indicates that tomorrow will give him time to have a better idea of when a possible bail hearing could be scheduled.
Baxter is ordered to remain in jail for the time being and will be transported to the overcrowded, understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”), where he will likely remain until he is inevitably released.
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