(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A mere four days after being featured on the Thunder Bay Police Services Wanted Wednesday program, a 30-year-old Cass Esa Potan has appeared in bail court.
Potan is alleged to have breached his bail condition of “staying out of Thunder Bay except while in the company of [1 named person]”
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick Silvestro and duty counsel lawyer Stella.
Potan is facing the following new charge of:
- Breach bail conditions: recognizance
He also has 4 other outstanding charges, they are:
- Assault police
- Resist arrest
- Fail to attend court
We were not able to pinpoint the fourth charge.
The Crown states that this is a reverse onus situation, and that he has secondary ground concerns regarding the release of Potan.
Crown Attorney Silvestro indicates that he intends to put Potan to his onus, regarding his release, but also states that if a solid supervision based bail plan was put in place, that he may consent to his release, but he has not seen one today.
A reverse onus situation means that the accused has to show the court why they should be released from jail.
Duty counsel indicates that Potan has a address but not a surety as of yet, and requests the matter to be remanded to Monday in order to structure a bail plan.
Justice of the Peace Maslach orders Potan to remain in jail until his next court date on Monday, where he will have another shot at getting out.
Potan is escorted back to his cell where he will wait for the police to transport him to the Thunder Bay District Jail.
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