(MISHKEEGOGAMANG, ON) – On January 3rd, 2020, a woman and a man got into an altercation in the First Nation of Mishkeegogamang, Ontario. The result of this incident left the woman disfigured and the male behind bars.
Officers with the Mishkeegogamang detachment of the Nishbawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) investigated the situation and as a result, arrested and charged 34-year-old Ronald Delaney Skunk. He was held in police custody pending his court appearance.
On January 4th, 2020, Skunk appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom via a telephone call from the NAPS detachment in Mishkeegogamang. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding over court that day along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel and criminal defence lawyer Robert Habjan performing the duty of duty counsel.
Skunk is facing the following charges stemming from the January 3rd, 2020 incident:
- Aggravated assault.
- Unlawfully entering a dwelling house and did commit an indictable offence.
Crown Attorney VanKessel is not consenting to Skunk’s release today, she cites secondary ground concerns as reasons to keep Skunk locked up. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes that should Skunk be released, he is a substantial risk to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice or a combination of the three.
Habjan tells the court that he has spoken with Skunk beforehand and that he is going to follow up with Skunk’s father in an attempt to figure out when he can appear in court to assist in securing his son’s release. A request is put forward for the matter to return in Sioux Lookout on Monday, January 6th for another swing at bail.
Skunk is not granted release from custody today, he’s headed to the Kenora District Jail where he is likely to remain until at least his Monday court appearance in Sioux Lookout.