(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to a call of an unwanted and violent person in a home and was requested to remove them. Upon police arrival, they located 22-year-old Chelsey Achneepineskum in her mother’s home.
Allegations are that officers attempted to talk the girl into leaving but was not very compliant with the requests put forth by both police and the resident of the home. During the incident Achneepineskum is alleged to have assaulted a police officer and was arrested. It was later discovered that Achneepineskum was intoxicated, unwanted and throwing things around the house.
Achneepineskum appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station. She appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio, Crown Attorney Andrea Mason and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy. She is facing the following charges stemming from the November 17th, 2019 incident:
- Assault police.
- Breaching a probation order made on February 26th, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour.
The Crown tells the court that Achneepineskum has wound up in a Crown-onus situation, which means the Crown will carry the burden of showing the courts why Achneepineskum should be released. Continuing on, the Crown tells the courts that they have secondary ground concerns regarding the release of Achneepineskum as she was convicted for an assault and obstruct police charge in 2018. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that the accused, should they be released, is likely to become a public safety concern, re-offend, or both.
Duty counsel tells the courts that they will contact Achneepineskums lawyer of choice and inform them of her current position. A request is put forth to have the matter return to court on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 which will likely result in a resolution through disposition. A “resolution through disposition” often means that there is an early guilty plea possibility.
Achneepineskum is escorted back to her holding cell at the TBPS station located at 1200 Balmoral. She will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, where she will likely remain until at least Wednesday.