(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night around 9:15 pm a 45-year-old Christopher Henry Magma (last name spelling not confirmed) was outside of Grace Place located at 235 Simpson Street waiting to get into the facility to get out of the cold.
Earlier in the evening, Shelter House had turned him away, according to the Crown in court today.
Allegations are that when Magma was standing outside of Grace Place he became upset that other users of the facility had been allowed in before he was. At this point he was becoming more and more upset. He threatened to smash a window with a brick so that he could go back to jail. Soon after he ended up smashing the window with the brick. The window is rather large, measuring at roughly six-foot tall and five-foot wide.
A 911 call was made and officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) arrived and investigated the situation. As a result of that investigation, Magma was arrested and charged with Mischief Causing Damage under $5000 (window). Police transported him to the TBPS station located at 1200 Balmoral Street and held him in police custody pending a court appearance.
He appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning in front of Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon. Crown Attorney Manon Arbour was also working the courtroom this morning along with duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
The Crown tells the court that Magma is in a Crown-onus situation, meaning that the burden falls on the Crown to show the courts why he should be released. Court hears that the Crown is not going to do that and instead consents to the release of Magma on an undertaking without surety. The proposed conditions for his release are:
- Not to be within 50 meters of Grace Place located at 235 Simpson Street.
- Not to possess any weapons.
After the Crown proposed these bails conditions, the Justice of the Peace expresses concern that if Magma is walking down Simpson Street on the other side of the road, that he may be in breach. She asks if 25 meters is sufficient enough for the radius restriction on that location. The Crown doesn’t take up issue with this and the condition is amended to 25 meters.
Duty counsel requests that Magma returns to court on January 17th, 2019 to begin answering to the charges. Magma is ordered released from jail.
Grace Place is a local facility that provides shelter, meals and other assistance to those who are in need. Since they started operating as such, many people who are struggling in Thunder Bay have received endless, loving and caring help from them.