(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 9th, 2019, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to a call for service to an Arthur Street hotel regarding an unruly male. Sources indicate the male was flipping out and was asked to leave numerous times. He refused to go.
Police arrived and assessed the situation. The male was asked to leave and as police were performing an arrest on the male, he became assaultive. At least one officer got spit on in the face.
19-year-old Weston Metansinine was arrested and held pending a court appearance. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link while in police custody at the Balmoral TBPS station. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney P. Pasloski and talented criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan performing the duty counsel role this morning.
Metansinine is facing a single charge of Assault Police.
The Crown is stern when she tells the court that although the onus is on the Crown to show why Metansinine should be released, they intend to carry the burden and convince the courts to hold him in jail. Court hears that the Crown is concerned on the secondary and tertiary grounds regarding his release. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes there is a substantial liklihood for the offender to either re-offend, become a public safety concern or both. Tertiary ground concerns means that should the accused be released, it would likely cause the public to lose confidence in the administration of justice.
Duty counsel tells the court that they have already spoken to the accused before court and that the accused does not presently have a lawyer of choice to handle his matter. The accused did tell duty counsel that he has a potential surety and a request is put forward to remand the matter to Wednesday November 13th, 2019. Earlier in the day, court heard that Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 has an almost full bail list so unless an appearance is guaranteed to be meaningful, all matters are to be remanded to Wednesday. Monday is a holiday for the court, and only W.A.S.H. (Weekend and Statutory Holiday) court will be in session.
Metansinine will be shipped to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail where he will likely remain until at least his appearance scheduled on Wednesday November 13th, 2019. Metansinine’s Facebook has him listed as a resident of Nipigon, Ontario and born in Jellicoe, Ontario.
TBPS, OPP, NAPS, APS, RCMP and all other police services, the clear majority of people respect and appreciate what you do for society. Keep up the good, hard work.