(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 15th, 2019, hardworking officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to a call for service regarding a man who had been assaulted with a knife and a frying pan.
Police began their investigation and as a result a 30-year-old Cassondra Rose Belmore was arrested and charged with:
- Assault with a weapon (knife).
- Assault with a weapon (frying pan).
- Breaching probation (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
Belmore appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service station located at 1200 Balmoral Street. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and a duty counsel lawyer.
Belmore is no stranger to the criminal justice system, she has a lengthy criminal record involving violent crimes and two outstanding charges still going through the courts. Those charges are:
- Assault causing bodily harm.
- Forcible confinement.
Belmore is accused of assaulting a Canada Post mail carrier with a brick and that matter is still going through court.
The Crown is not consenting to the release of Belmore today and informs the court that she has found herself in a reverse-onus situation, which means the burden falls on her to show the courts why she should be released. Further, the Crown tells the courts that her criminal record of violent crimes and her outstanding charges, which are also violent, hold up strong secondary ground concerns. Secondary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that should the accused be released from jail, that she is likely to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, or both.
Duty counsel requests that Belmore return to court on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 to have another swing at being released from jail. She will be transported to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre where she is likely to be held in jail until she is inevitably released.