(FORT SEVERN, ON) – Interesting allegations out of the most northerly First Nation in Ontario today.
Officers were dispatched to a home in Fort Severn and were invited into the home. People were drinking and otherwise generally behaving themselves at the time. Once inside, police identified 43-year-old Ivan Leonard Thomas and recalled that he is on a probation order which prohibits him from having alcohol inside his body outside of his home. Officers observed him consuming alcohol and advised him that he was under arrest.
That’s when things took quite the turn. Thomas is alleged to have taken off his pants and started swinging them around above his head while approaching the officers. Officers quickly took control of the situation and arrested the man without incident.
Thomas was taken to the Fort Severn Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service detachment and was held there pending his morning court appearance. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and two duty counsel lawyers, Emily Morris and Brennan Sacevich.
These are the charges Thomas is facing stemming from the November 29th, 2019 incident:
- Assault police (pants swinging).
- Breaching a probation order made on August 29th, 2018 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breaching a probation order made on August 29th, 2018 (curfew of 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- Breaching a probation order made on August 29th, 2018 (not to be outside of his home with alcohol in his body).
The HAMMER appears to realize that this was not a violent incident and that there was no significant risk to the public due to this incident. He recommends the release of Thomas on his own recognizance bail plan set at $200, non-deposit and without a surety under the following conditions:
- Reside at his home.
- Keep the peace and be of good behaviour, especially towards the officer he is alleged to have assaulted with his pants.
- Not to be outside of his residence with alcohol in his body.
- Curfew of 10:00 pm to 6:00 am except for employment purposes.
- Not to possess any weapons.
Court hears that Thomas was convicted for assault causing bodily harm in August of 2018, which is what spawned the probation order. Further, Thomas’ criminal record is said to be “not exceptionally lengthy but not insignificant”.
Duty counsel states they spoke to Thomas before court and canvassed the conditions with him, he gladly accepts them. He is ordered released from police custody and is scheduled to return to court at a future date.