Chair Bashed 6+ Times Into Head, Victim Hospitalized


(RED LAKE, ON) – Officers with the Red Lake detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for service on November 23rd, 2019 after receiving reports that a man had been bashed in the head with a metal chair.

Police investigation revealed that the victim had been struck six or seven times in the head with a metal chair and a woman was also assaulted. Soon after, police arrested and detained 23-year-old Abel Thomas Williams of Red Lake, Ontario. The victim of the chair bashing has since been hospitalized.

Williams was held in police custody pending a court appearance. That court date happened this morning in Thunder Bay via telephone call from the Red Lake OPP detachment. Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons was presiding along with Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.

Williams is facing the following criminal charges:

  • Assault causing bodily harm.
  • Assault (on a woman).

The Crown is not consenting to the release of Williams today, she intends to show cause as to why he should be detained. Duty counsel puts forth a request to have Williams appear in a Kenora court room tomorrow so that he may take his next legal steps in handling this matter.

Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons grants the request and Williams is ordered to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, where he will have another shot at getting released. He will be transported to the Kenora District Jail and likely remain there until his inevitable release.


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