(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On October 6th, 2019, officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) responded to a stabbing that had taken place in the city which sent one male to hospital.
An investigation was launched by officers and as a result of that investigation, 41-year-old Norah Tait had a warrant put out for her arrest on October 6th,2019. Overnight last night, officers managed to arrest, charge and detain Tait at the TBPS station located at 1200 Balmoral Street.
Tait appeared in court this morning via video link while in police custody at the Balmoral TBPS station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Rob Kozak and criminal defence lawyer Brennen Sacevich working the duty counsel desk. Tait is facing a single charge of assault with a weapon (knife).
Crown Attorney Kozak is not consenting to the release of Tait today and cites secondary grounds as the reason for wanting her to be held in jail. Further, he says that those concerns could be mitigated by a bail plan with supervision. Secondary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes that should Tait be released, that she may either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere with the administration of justice or a combination of those.
Duty counsel tells the court that they have gathered background information regarding the potential sureties that have been proposed. They also made a referral to the John Howard Society bail supervision program. A request is put forth for the matter to return in court on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 for another swing at being released.
Tait is ordered to remain in jail for the time being and will be transported to the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre where she is likely to remain until her inevitable release.