(MARATHON, ON) – Alleged social media threats have landed one person behind bars yesterday.
A youth from Marathon, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act is alleged to has threatened to cause bodily harm to another person. The youth was already released on bail for a separate matter involving an assault.
The youth appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning via video from the Marathon OPP detachment.
His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.
The new charges are:
- Uttering a threat to cause bodily harm over social media
- Criminal harassment contrary to section 264 (2) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
- Breaching bail conditions (No alcohol or other intoxicating substances)
The youth’s previous charges are:
- Breaching bail conditions
The Crown states that they are not willing to consent to the youth’s release, as the youth’s mother will not take him in, and the Grandfather does not appear to be willing to either. The mother and grandfather were both at the OPP detachment and appeared by video as well.
The youth’s family members appear to mention how they would like the youth to get help. It seems they believe he needs to be held in custody.
Duty counsel reads in a section of the Youth Criminal Justice Act that basically says youths should not be held in custody prior to a conviction for rehabilitative purposes.
Further, duty counsel requests the matter return in court tomorrow to address the situation.
The Justice of the Peace orders the youth to be detained in jail, and to return to court tomorrow.