(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Yesterday, hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to a call for service at the Victoria Inn regarding a woman that was beaten.
Allegations are that the woman was punched several times in the face resulting in some cuts to her lip, a bleeding nose and scraps to her knee. Police conducted and investigation and as a result a 29-year-old Dean Skye Fiddler, an evacuee from Bearskin Lake First Nation was arrested and held for court.
Fiddler appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
Fiddler is facing the following charges stemming from the incident at the Victoria Inn:
- Breaching a probation order made on May 4th, 2018 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
The Crown states that Fiddler is in a Crown-onus situation, meaning that the burden falls on them to show the courts why Fiddler should remain in jail, they have secondary ground concerns regarding his release. Secondary ground concerns tells us that the Crown believes there is a substantial risk that Fiddler may either re-offend, become a public safety concern, or both, should he be released. Further, the Crown makes it clear they are not consenting to Fiddlers release today, and won’t be until he has a separate residence he can reside at that isn’t the Victoria Inn.
Duty counsel tells the court that they have been trying to contact the coordinator from Bearskin Lake First Nation, but they did not respond to their phone calls this morning. The expectation is that the co-ordinator will put Fiddler up in a new hotel, which will enable his release from jail. Duty counsel asks for the matter to return to court tomorrow, Monday November 18th, 2019 for another swing at being released.
Fiddler is ordered to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, when he is likely to be released pending a new hotel room.
We will update his as more info becomes available.