(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday in bail court, there was a number of people that were arrested overnight and held by police to appear in court instead of being released on a “promise to appear”.
There was a total of 8 people in custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) headquarters awaiting to appear before a Justice of the Peace. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) had someone in Greenstone over domestic violence beef and there was a guy in Marathon, which I’ll be writing about later.
Presiding over court appearances from the TBPS headquarters was His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman. Say what you will about His Worship, in my opinion, he is one of the best. Federal Crown Attorney Alec Hardiejowski, Provincial Crown Attorney Tamara Fairchild and criminal defence lawyer Sandy Stuart acting as duty counsel were also present.
First up is 49-year-old Timothy Tilling and his co-accused Michelle Margaret Turpin (we were unable to confirm her age, and I heard somewhere that asking a woman her age isn’t appropriate.). They are both facing cocaine trafficking-related charges which likely stem from the activity at the Clavet Street trap house which sources indicate they are associated with.
Federal Crown Hardiejowski tells the court that he has secondary and tertiary grounds regarding their release and is not consenting to them being let out of jail today. Hardiejowski asks the court for the two to be ordered not to contact or communicate with each other while they are in custody.
Duty counsel puts a request forward for both accused to return to court on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 for another swing at getting released.
Tilling is headed to the Thunder Bay District Jail and Turpin will spend a few nights, at minimum, at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.