(LAKE HELEN FIRST NATION, ON) – It was a busy day in Thunder Bay’s bail court, with numerous people appearing and numerous charges floating around.
A 47-year-old Shawn James Sault was arrested by the Nipigon OPP on allegations that he had breached his previous bail conditions.
Sault appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court via video, while in custody at the Nipigon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and a duty counsel lawyer.
Sault is alleged to have been in contact with someone he was ordered not to be around, as well as having consumed either alcohol or other intoxicating substances.
Sault is facing the following new charges that stem from a December 20th, 2017 bail order:
- Breaching bail conditions (No contact with 1 person)
- Breaching bail conditions (no alcohol or other intoxicating substances)
The accused’s previous, outstanding matters already working their way through the justice system are:
- Assault with a weapon
- Assault x3
- Breaching bail conditions x3
The Crown is recommending release on a recognizance with a $200 no deposit, no surety bail. The requested conditions are as follows:
- Reside at an address in Lake Helen First Nation
- No contact with the 1 person
- No weapons
- No alcohol outside of his residence
Courts in Canada recognize that ordering an alcoholic to not consume alcohol is inappropriate and only sets up the person to breach their bail. In a compassionate compromise, the courts will often allow alcoholics to consume alcohol within their residence, as long as they do not leave the residence while any alcohol is still in their body.
Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman canvasses Sault and asks him if he needs any weapons such as a firearm to participate in traditional hunting in order to provide sustenance for himself and family.
Sault indicates that yes, he does participate in traditional hunting for sustenance purposes, but he would refrain from it in order to follow the “no weapons” clause of his release.
The Crown appears to not consent to Sault’s release, if he is allowed access to weapons for hunting, and seems to be ready to rescind her consent should the idea be proposed.
The Justice of the Peace suggests to Sault that he should speak to his legal counsel about how he can have access to weapons to continue his traditional hunting for sustenance purposes.
Duty counsel requests that Sault returns to court on December 21st, 2018 to address the matter.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman orders Sault released from custody.