(KENORA, ON) – On November 3rd, 2019, the Brewer’s Retail located on Park Street in Kenora, Ontario was the victim of a heist where a suspect broke into the building and managed to escape with 10 cans of beer.
Officers with the Kenora detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted an investigation and as a result of that hard work they have arrested and detained 30-year-old Howard Junior Strang (A.K.A. “NativexShredder”) of Pikangikum First Nation.
Strang appeared in a Thunder Bay courthouse courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Kenora OPP detachment. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was sitting on the bench today being flanked by the Crown Attorney, P. Pasloski to his right and duty counsel lawyer Justin Mcconnell to his left. Strang is facing the following criminal charges:
- Breaching bail conditions (9:00 pm to 6:00 am).
- Possession of stolen property (10 cans of beer).
- Break and enter and commit the indictable offence of theft (Brewer’s Retail).
The Crown presses the court that they are not consenting to Strang’s release today, he’s in a reverse-onus situation. What that means is that the burden falls on Strang to show the courts why he should be released from jail. Further, the Crown tells the court that there are concerns on the primary and secondary grounds. Primary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that there is a substantial risk that the accused won’t return for court, should they be released. Secondary ground concerns tells us that the Crown believes that the accused is likely to become a public safety concern, re-offend, or both, should they released.
Duty counsel tells the court that they have spoken to the accused and will inform their existing lawyer David Gallagher, of his clients position. A request for the matter return to court on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 in a Kenora court room has been put forth.
Justice of the Peace informs the accused that he is not being released today and that he will return to court tomorrow in Kenora for another swing. Strang is going to spend at least tonight at the Kenora District Jail and possibly longer if he doesn’t get out tomorrow.