Police Charge Notorious Criminal While in District Jail

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Notorious criminal 23-year-old Scott Walford appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom yesterday via video link from the Thunder Bay District Jail.

Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel and the ever-talented criminal defence lawyer Emily Morris.

The Thunder Bay Police Service has been investigating a theft that took place at the LCBO located at 969 Fort William Road (Thunder Centre) on September 22nd, 2019. As a result of that investigation, they have charged Walford with the crime. He is already in custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail, serving a sentence.

Walford’s new charges are:

  • Theft under $5000 (LCBO).
  • Breaching a probation order made on May 15th, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
  • Breaching a probation order made on August 17th, 2018 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).

The Crown states that Walford is currently serving a sentence. Interestingly enough, the burden falls on the Crown to show the courts why Walford should be released from custody on these new charges. How this would work is that if Walford were to be granted release on these new charges, he would still remain in jail until his current sentence is over, but would be released at that point. The Crown is intending to show the courts why Walford should be released and indicates that they have concerns regarding him re-offending, becoming a public safety concern, interfering with the administration of justice, or a combination of the three.

Should the Crown convince the courts that Walford should not be released, he will remain in custody once his current sentence is over unless he gets granted bail on these new charges.

Duty counsel tells the court that the experienced David Bruzesse is Walford’s lawyer of choice and that they will inform Bruzesse of the situation Walford is in. A request is put forth for Walford to re-appear in court on Monday to take another swing at these news charges.

He is to remain at the District Jail for the time being.

HISTORY article dated october 8th, 2019:

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – No stranger to the criminal justice system, 23-year-old Scott Randall Walford has found his way back behind bars after officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service allege to have arrested him in a stolen silver Honda. During the arrest, numerous stolen items were located that were taken from numerous vehicles during what is believed to have been a car-hopping expedition.

Walford has some recent history regarding car hopping, in which a knife was used to threaten a woman. Below is the police report on that previous incident that happened on April 23rd, 2019.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Sherrington Drive following reports of a robbery just after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22.

When police arrived they learned a woman had noticed a man going through vehicles in a nearby parking lot. The woman questioned the man about what he was doing, at which point the man left but returned with a knife and demanded the woman empty her pockets.

Less than 20 minutes later officers located a male matching the suspect’s description crawling underneath a vehicle in the Athens Drive area.

As a result of further investigation the male was identified and arrested.

Officers later learned the male was wanted by the Thunder Bay Police Service on other unrelated charges.

Scott Randall WALFORD, 22, of Thunder Bay, is charged with Robbery and Probation Order Non Compliance.

Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service have once again arrested Walford for more car-hopping and theft related charges.

UPDATE: Sources indicate that a number of vehicles were broken into in the area of Glenoah Ave  up to Whitegates. The male was arrested on Glenoah and police had his stolen vehicle towed away. More charges are expected to surface after police continue their investigation. Anyone who had their vehicle broken into in this area are urged to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service at 807-684-1200 and report the incident.

Walford appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) via video link from the TBPS station (A.K.A. “Hotel Balmoral”). He appeared in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill, Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up” Van Kessel and duty counsel lawyer Stewart.

Walford is facing the following new criminal charges:

  • Theft under $5000 (various items stolen from various vehicles).
  • Possession of a stolen motor vehicle (silver honda).
  • Breaching bail condition (curfew 10:00 pm to 6:00 am).
  • Breaching a probation order made on May 13, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
  • Breaching a probation order made on August 28th, 2019 (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).

Walford was already on bail and has outstanding charges stemming from a theft he is alleged to have orchestrated at the Sport Chek, located in the Intercity Shopping Centre. That charge of theft along with 3 additional breach of probation order charges are brought forth before the court today.

The Crown is stern in her position and tells the court that Walford is in a reverse-onus situation, meaning he will have to show the court why he should be released. Further, court hears that the Crown intends to show cause as to why Walford should remain in jail. There are primary and secondary ground concerns regarding releasing Walford back into the public, according to the Crown. Walford has a related and recent criminal record with similar charges.

Primary ground concerns means that the Crown believes that if Walford would be released, that he is unlikely to return for court. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes that there is a substantial likelhood that the accused would either become a public safety concern or re-offend should they be released.

Walford speaks to duty counsel in private for a few moments to discuss his options. Upon returning to court, duty counsel requests that Walford return to court on Thursday October 10th, 2019, for another chance at getting released from jail. His lawyer of choice will be informed about his situation and Walford appears hopeful that a bail plan will be ready by then that may allow him back into the public.

Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Neill orders Walford to remain in jail until at least his next appearance in court. He is escorted back to his holding cell at Hotel Balmoral where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”) where he will likely remain until he is inevitably released.

HISTORY article dated april 23rd, 2019:

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Police make robbery arrest.

The Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Sherrington Drive following reports of a robbery just after 10:30 pm. on Monday, April 22.

When police arrived they learned a woman had noticed a man going through vehicles in a nearby parking lot. The woman questioned the man about what he was doing, at which point the man left but returned with a knife and demanded the woman empty her pockets.

Less than 20 minutes later officers located a male matching the suspect’s description crawling underneath a vehicle in the Athens Drive area.

As a result of further investigation, the male was identified and arrested.

Officers later learned the male was wanted by the Thunder Bay Police Service on other unrelated charges.

Scott Randall WALFORD, 22, of Thunder Bay, is charged with:

  • Robbery.
  • Probation Order Non Compliance.

He appeared in court Tuesday morning and was remanded into custody with a future appearance date.

On November 24th, 2018 22-year-old Scott Walford was arrested in Thunder Bay, this time on allegations of theft-related charges. He appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station this morning.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Franceline Auclair, and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge who is accompanied by law student S. Charlebois.

Walford is facing the following criminal charges that stem from a November 24th incident:

  • Theft under $5000 (a board game and a box of beer glasses)
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Failure to comply with probation (keep the peace and be of good behaviour) x2

The Crown is not consenting to his release today based on secondary ground concerns. Walford is in a Crown-onus situation, but the Crown intends to show cause as to why he should be detained.

Duty counsel law student S. Charlebois tells the court that they will be referring him to the John Howard Society. The request is for Walford to remain in custody on consent until a Tuesday court date. Furthermore, Charlebois tells His Worship that she will be sending an email to local criminal defence lawyer David Bruzzese to update him on Walford’s status, as that is his lawyer of choice.

The Justice of the Peace grants the request and orders Walford to remain in Jail until at least his Tuesday video appearance, where he could possibly be released.

Walford was escorted back to his jail cell where he waits to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

With flies from the TBPS.

HISTORY article dated november 24th, 2018:

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A 22-year-old Scott Walford was arrested again in Thunder Bay, this time on allegations of theft-related charges. He appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court via video from the Thunder Bay Police Service station this morning.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding, along with Crown Attorney Franceline Auclair, and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge who is accompanied by law student S. Charlebois.

Walford is facing the following criminal charges that stem from a November 24th incident:

  • Theft under $5000 (a board game and a box of beer glasses)
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Failure to comply with probation (keep the peace and be of good behaviour) x2

The Crown is not consenting to his release today based on secondary ground concerns. Walford is in a Crown-onus situation, but the Crown intends to show cause as to why he should be detained.

Duty counsel law student S. Charlebois tells the court that they will be referring him to the John Howard Society. The request is for Walford to remain in custody on consent until a Tuesday court date. Furthermore, Charlebois tells His Worship that she will be sending an email to local criminal defence lawyer David Bruzzese to update him on Walford’s status, as that is his lawyer of choice.

The Justice of the Peace grants the request and orders Walford to remain in Jail until at least his Tuesday video appearance, where he could possibly be released.

Walford is escorted back to his jail cell where he waits to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

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3 Replies to “Police Charge Notorious Criminal While in District Jail”

  1. Kid loves jail he’s the back rub bitch hahaha gives all the guys in there back rubs !doesn’t even get canteen or nothing ! No joke !!!

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